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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


Bryce Landon 7 years, 7 months ago

Danny Manning's reaction when Evan Manning hit that 3 in the final segment of the game:

Dale Kroening 7 years, 7 months ago

Thought Svi looked good on defense , although I think he's rushing his shot a bit and settling for too many threes. Frank and Devonte made me feel a little better losing Conner tonight. I like our big man depth , but they foul too much especially outside the post. Jamari doesn't need to try and block everything. I think that's the Wayne and Perry we will see this season. Free throws were much better tonight. We haven't seen the real Kelly Oubre yet , he's thinking too much. Lucas and Greene look much improved and will be really good by their senior years. This team has more depth and will be a better defensive team than last years. Once Cliff learns how to stay out of foul trouble he will replace Jamari in the starting lineup. I know it was Washburn and ESU , but this team is going to be really good once they "get it " as Self says. Thoughts ?

Darwin Dandy 7 years, 7 months ago

I agree with everything you said. I think when it is said and done this team will be better than last years because I believe they are starting on the right side of the ball which is the defensive end

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