Kansas mauled the Hornets inside Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday night by 42 points, a 104-62 victory.
Frank Mason led the Jayhawks in scoring for the second straight game, putting up 17 points on 7-7 shooting, plus 5 assists, in only 20 minutes of gameplay.
Early on, ESU kept pace with Kansas, and the score read 11-11 with just over 14 minutes to go in the first half. At that point the Jayhawks had enough, and a behind-the-back pass from Svi to Mason (1:40 mark in the video below) sparked Kansas to a 23-2 run from which the Hornets would not recover. Kansas went on to a 55-29 lead at halftime, and went ahead and outscored Emporia State in the second half by a 49-33 margin to run away with the victory.
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Lagerald Vick got his first start as a Jayhawk, along with Josh Jackson, Devonte Graham, Frank Mason, and Landen Lucas.
Six Jayhawks scored in double figures: Mason, Svi, Graham, Jackson, Azubuike, and Lightfoot.
The regular season starts with a bang for Kansas as they head to Hawaii for the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu. The Jayhawks will face off with Indiana on Friday, November 11, at 8 PM Jayhawk time.
Following that, KU has a matchup with preseason #1 Duke in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, Nov 15.
We’ll take a closer look at the Emporia State game over the next day or two, but for now, the comments section is yours.