In the first of two exhibition games against local D2 schools, Kansas got a big lead early and ran away from Emporia State, 93-55.
Dedric Lawson got the scoring started with two free throws; Lawson would score KU’s first 10 points of the game as KU quickly built a 15-3 lead. Before the first half clock read 10:00, Lawson already had a double-double, and Kansas was well en route to building a 45-22 lead at the break.
The Hornets played Kansas even through the first 15 minutes of the second half, but a late Kansas spurt put the final score well out of hand. With 4:42 left in the game, the Hornets trailed by just 21 points, 72-51. Kansas would outscore them 21-4 the rest of the way until the buzzer sounded at 93-55.
Dedric Lawson finished with 31 points on 11-16 shooting, including 2-4 three pointers. He added a team-high 15 rebounds as well.
Interestingly, the only other Jayhawk in double figures was Quentin Grimes, who had 10 points on 4-9 shooting.
As a team, KU shot 50.8% from the field, including 12-30 (40.0%) from behind the arc. KU also made 15-21 (71.4%) of its free throws.
I’ll refrain from much commentary on “who looked good” or whatever because I only watched a few minutes of the second half. However, it appears as if Dedric Lawson will be mauling the Big 12 this year.
The one concerning thing I notice in the box score is that KU turned the ball over 22 times to ESU’s 14.
Reminder that Emporia State only lost by 4 points to Missouri last year in a game that actually counted.
Kansas will host Washburn in exhibition #2 next Thursday, November 1, at 7 PM in Allen Fieldhouse.