Five-time defending Big 12 Conference champion Kansas continues the 2009-10 exhibition season hosting Pittsburg State Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Jayhawk TV. Kansas is looking to win its 35th-straight exhibition contest and is 20-0 in exhibition games under head coach Bill Self. Pittsburg State opened its exhibition season with an 89-53 loss at Kansas State Sunday.
Sherron Collins, with a game-high 19 points, and Cole Aldrich, with a double-double, paced Kansas to a 107-68 victory against Fort Hays State in its season-opening exhibition basketball game. In all, six Jayhawks scored in double figures and all 10 players who saw action scored.
2009 starter Tyshawn Taylor came off the bench to record 15 points, a team-high five assists and a game-best four steals. Markieff Morris was one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. His brother Marcus Morris added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists. The night marked the collegiate debut of highly-touted freshman Xavier Henry, who drew a starting assignment. He scored 14 points on 3-of-7 shooting, which included 2-of-4 from three-point range.
Pittsburg State returns two starters and five letterwinners from its 2008-09 squad, which posted a 10-17 overall record. Senior guard Spencer Magana and senior forward Rodney Grace lead Pitt State. Magana (6-4, 192), a native of Dewey, Okla., averaged 12.4 points per game, starting 26 games as a junior in 2009. Grace (6-6, 195), from Omaha, Neb., contributed 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in 23 starts for Pitt State a year ago.
In its 89-53 exhibition loss at Kansas State Sunday, Pitt State's leading scorer was junior Quincy Owens with 14. He and freshman Javon McGee shared the lead on the boards with seven apiece. McGee also added seven points for PSU, as did Grace.
Nov. 10, 1998: Kansas set an exhibition record with 140 points in the 140-78 win against Geelong, Australia, in Allen Fieldhouse. Eric Chenowith had 17 points and 15 rebounds in the contest. Jeff Boschee had 19 of his 21 points in the first half. Ryan Robertson scored 19 points, while Nick Bradford and Lester Earl chipped in 16 points apiece in the win. KU went on to finish 23-10 in 1998-99 and tie for second in the Big 12 with an 11-5 record. The Jayhawks won the 1999 Big 12 Tournament.
Kansas begins the 2009-10 regular season when it hosts Hofstra on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. on Jayhawk TV. KU will then play Memphis in the Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase in St. Louis on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 9 p.m. on ESPN. The game is a rematch of the 2008 NCAA National Championship game. Two days later, KU will host Central Arkansas in the second game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase.