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Kansas defeats Emporia State, 109-56

  • 7 p.m., Nov. 11, 2014
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Jayhawks roll in final exhibition game, 109-56

It was a slow and sluggish first half with a lot of free throw shooting, but it quickly turned into what you'd expect from an exhibition finale at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Kansas Jayhawks raced past visiting Emporia State, 109-56, to close out the exhibition portion of their schedule.

Eight Jayhawks reached double figures — Perry Ellis (13), Landen Lucas (13), Wayne Selden (12), Cliff Alexander (12), Frank Mason (11), Hunter Mickelson (11), Devonte' Graham (10) and Brannen Greene (10) — and Alexander, once again, led the way with a series of highlight-reel slam dunks that brought the fieldhouse faithful to their feet.

KU shot 68 percent in the second half.

These types of games don't always give a great indication of where the superior team is, but KU showed pretty sharp intensity and effort — especially on defense — from the opening tip and smothered ESU with size, speed and athleticism.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

The game turned when: Cliff Alexander's monster dunk, Devonte' Graham's steal lay-in and a free-throw-line bank shot from Alexander pushed the KU lead to 42-20 with 2:02 to play in the first half. The Jayhawks led by 21 at the break and never looked back, outscoring ESU 63-31 in the second half to cruise to the easy tune-up victory.

Offensive highlight: It was subtle, but it showed two things about the transformation Jamari Traylor has made and continues to make as a player. With 6:43 to play in the first half, Traylor tracked down a loose ball on the offense end (go figure) and immediately attacked the rim. As he went up on the left side, he flashed great body control, took the foul and calmly ducked under the rim and laid the ball off the glass and in and picked up the three-point play after draining the free throw following the media timeout.

Defensive highlight: Moments after a sweet lob from Wayne Selden to Perry Ellis energized the Allen Fieldhouse crowd, Jamari Traylor kept things elevated by rising up to swat a shot attempt from ESU's Tyler Jordan. The exchange pushed KU's lead to 57-28 and further showed that, despite completely overmatching the Hornets, KU still brought plenty of intensity to the building.

Key stat: Gotta be the free throws. After hitting just 50 percent last week and feeling Bill Self's wrath because of it, the Jayhawks drained 25 of 32 charity shots on Tuesday night, good for 78 percent.

Up next: The Jayhawks officially will open the 2014-15 season Friday night at 7 p.m. against UC-Santa Barbara at Allen Fieldhouse.

By the numbers: Kansas vs. Emporia State, Nov. 11, 2014

By the numbers: Kansas vs. Emporia State, Nov. 11, 2014

Join the post game discussion

Aiden Ballinger

is there a live stream that anyone knows about?

Don Johnson

Hunter appears to be making good passes in the high low.

Titus Canby

Is it just me? Or does Lucas look good tonight? I like his positioning in the paint.

Billy Derringer

why dosent ku sports stream this game?

Titus Canby in reply to fansincewilt

I'm with you fan. He looks lost. Same thing last week.

Titus Canby

Our perimeter defense is looking good. Nice to see after just relying on shot blocking the last couple of years.

fansincewilt

I am very disappointed in the play of Perry. Maybe he misses his buddy from Wichita.

Joe Ross in reply to Brian Powell

No. Too small sample size to be judging Ellis' play.

Rodney Crain

lol even his passes are going in - nice half Graham!

Halftime
ESU 25
Kansas 46

Bobby Nightengale

The Jayhawks are shooting 50 percent from the field (16-for-32), and are led offensively by DeVonte' Graham, who has eight points.

Crimsonorblue22

Sweet

Bobby Nightengale

Strong end of the half for Graham and the Jayhawks.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Brian Powell

He has today! Hard to tell against esu

Rodney Crain

crickets playing under Perry

fansincewilt

They will give Alexander that shot until he shows he can make it.

fansincewilt

I'm not sure if a pressing defense is going to work for Mickelson and Lucas.

Brian Powell

has Traylor passed Ellis in the rotation? Should he?

Bobby Nightengale

KU is +18 on the scoreboard with Graham on the floor, tied for the best on the team with Traylor so far.

Joe Ross

Stick to the dunks, Alexander.

Bryce Landon

DEVONTE

Bobby Nightengale

KU shows good ball movement against a zone with Mickelson finding Alexander for a dunk.

Crimsonorblue22

Nice passing and cutting

Bryce Landon

DEVONTE

Joe Ross

NICE DUNK ALEXANDER

Bryce Landon

CLIFF

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

KU football OC Eric Kiesau just came down to the floor to say hey to his kid who's a ball boy tonight & told him where he and his wife were sitting... "50 yard line halfway up" Gotta love football coaches.

03:19 left in First Half
ESU 20
Kansas 36

Bobby Nightengale

Kansas calls a timeout after an Emporia State three-pointer. KU leading the rebounding battle, 20-14 with 7 offensive boards.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Billy Derringer

It really is! Let SZ know

fansincewilt

I got to watch Manning's daughter play in a couple of games.

Rodney Crain

you know the two first halves, last week - tonight, on the scoreboard are about the same but they are about as different as you can get.

Bobby Nightengale

On the court for KU: Svi, Cliff, Oubre, Mickelson and Graham.

fansincewilt in reply to Bobby Nightengale

Not pretty fouls either.

Bobby Nightengale

Three fouls for Landen Lucas in 7 minutes.

03:51 left in First Half
ESU 15
Kansas 35

Bobby Nightengale

Kansas pulling away with 7 points each from Brannen Greene, Jamari Traylor and Landen Lucas.

fansincewilt

Beautiful job by Graham getting that ball inside.

Billy Derringer

wish i could watch the game here in kc what a damm shame.

Rodney Crain in reply to Bobby Nightengale

yes sir, he is playing not thinking too much, it shows!

fansincewilt in reply to Matt Tait

I think part of that is those who are shooting the free throws.

Joe Ross in reply to Matt Tait

...heard Self made them shoot tons of 'fros. Maybe he should have them shoot tons of threes this week.

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Rodney Crain

He can make quite the impact when he's playing with confidence.

Rodney Crain

nice pass for 4 again

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

The Jayhawks are 8-for-9 from the FT line so far tonight after shooting just 50 percent from there during the exhibition opener. The lone miss belongs to Hunter Mickelson.

Rodney Crain

4 came to play tonight.

Joe Ross

I didnt know we still had the alley oop in our arsenal.

Bobby Nightengale

Kelly Oubre checking in for Wayne Selden

Bryce Landon

LUCAS

Joe Ross

...also Brady Morningstar.

Rodney Crain in reply to Bobby Nightengale

thanks

Joe Ross in reply to Justin Daniel

Tyrel was more recent than Sherronatron.

Joe Ross

DUNK IT!

Justin Daniel

Who was the last guy KU had that could consistently knock down the three? Sheron?

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Joe Ross

Definitely agree. They are a long way from a finished product, but have shown good flashes of potential, especially defensively.

Lindhawk

Can only get better. Right?

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Rodney Crain

Nine minutes. 0-for-3 shooting with 1 rebound, 1 turnover and 1 steal.

Joe Ross in reply to Bobby Nightengale

I think it's mindset and lack of basketball maturity. These guys will settle in as the season gets going.

Rodney Crain in reply to Bobby Nightengale

How many mins for Svi so far?

Brian Powell

wow that is the best zone offense I've ever seen in NOVEMBER :)

06:43 left in First Half
ESU 12
Kansas 24

Bobby Nightengale

Kansas is shooting 1-for-6 from 3 and has seven turnovers. Frank Mason and Jamari Traylor both have 6 points, while Wayne Selden leads with 3 assists.

Crimsonorblue22

Love Jamari's hustle

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Joe Ross

Ha!

Joe Ross

Piper just used the term "defensive possession". I didnt know there was any such thing.

Crimsonorblue22

How do u figure who to play?

Cshjhawk

All of these player changes seem to be affecting KU's rhythm. Price to pay for work in progress.

Rodney Crain

soft perry

Bryce Landon

MASON

Bobby Nightengale

Selden, Traylor and Greene all checking in. Ellis and Mason also on the court.

Rodney Crain

mercy this is hard to watch

Brian Powell

Oubre is play D tonight! Nice

Bryce Landon

This game has no rhythm to it at all. The only redeeming part of it is that ESU sounds worse than we do.

Crimsonorblue22

Hard to watch

Bobby Nightengale

Not a half to remember for Svi on the offensive end so far.

Rodney Crain

a foul a minute how many does a guy get a night again?

Brian Powell

rough night for Cliffbar

Rodney Crain

KO has on new shoes tonight, he looks two steps faster

Crimsonorblue22

Dang good thing Cliff wasn't playing to soon

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Crimsonorblue22

He's had trouble on entry passes to the post so far. Passes have been all over the place.

Brian Powell

I love that Lucas is putting up a good fight for minutes.. we're going to need him this year

Crimsonorblue22

Bad pass svi

Bobby Nightengale

Tough start for Cliff. Missed layup, foul on the defensive end, and a turnover.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Matt Tait

Agree

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

It's early, but I've seen a ton of improvement in Devonte' Graham and Kelly Oubre tonight compared to the other night.

Bobby Nightengale

Cliff Alexander checking in now.

Rodney Crain

great footwork KO

Bryce Landon

OUBRE

Crimsonorblue22

Oubre playing d

Rodney Crain in reply to Bobby Nightengale

lets see SVI respond here.

Bryce Landon

AND ONE

Bobby Nightengale

Svi, Lucas, Oubre, Mickelson and Graham on the court for KU.

Rodney Crain

Williams will be a nice test Friday night.

Brian Powell

sloppy sloppy sloppy... at home, against this team. I'm going to have a hard time watching the UK game next week :o

I know, it's early. We'll be fine!

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Crimsonorblue22

Yeah, he's sitting next to the coaches.

Bobby Nightengale

KU with 8 of its 15 points in the paint so far.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Bobby Nightengale

Cliff there?

Rodney Crain

bad pass greene might be coming out

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Joe Ross

Hope it doesn't take long! Think to much depth is causing a problem?

11:41 left in First Half
ESU 8
Kansas 15

Bobby Nightengale

KU is 6-for-13 from the field, led by four points each from Frank Mason and Jamari Traylor.

Rodney Crain

We have a PG on the floor!

Joe Ross

Scary how good Kansas could be. Despite the score weve been playing somewhat disjointed. When we get it figured out we'll be dangerous...

Bobby Nightengale

Hunter Mickelson in after the last ESU timeout.

Crimsonorblue22

Cliff in doghouse?

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