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Jayhawks maul Washburn 79-52

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Exhibition play is complete; KU will now prepare for the season opener vs Michigan State in Indianapolis.

NCAA Basketball: Oakland at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas cruised through its second Division 2 team in exhibition play, knocking off the Ichabods of Washburn 79-52 in Lawrence Thursday night.

Kansas jumped out to an early 14-5 lead and as you would expect, Washburn never threatened. Kansas took a 35-21 lead by halftime despite turning the ball over on 30% of its first half possessions.

The Ichabods would go on a quick 7-0 run coming out of the break to trail just 35-28, but KU quickly reasserted itself, scoring the next 8 points while going on a 35-7 run over the next nine minutes to make the score 70-35. Kansas would cruise to the finish line and put away Washburn, 79-52.

Stats

The Jayhawks had three players in double figures in Dedric Lawson (18), Udoka Azubuike (17), and Lagerald Vick (16). Dedric Lawson was 4-4 from behind the arc, in contrast to KJ Lawson who missed all six of his 3-point attempts.

Quentin Grimes led KU in rebounding with 8 boards; David McCormack picked up 7 rebounds in just 14 minutes.

Altogether, Kansas shot 49.2% from the field and 42.3% from behind the arc, howveer, KU hit just 8-14 (57.1%) free throws.

Observations

Jesse Newell commented during the game that in his opinion, KU looked more comfortable playing the 4-guard offense of the past two years than Bill Self’s typical High-Low.

Turnovers were an issue once again, as noted by numerous beat writers on Twitter during the game.

Up Next

Kansas will meet Michigan State on Tuesday, Nov 6 (election day!) in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis, IN at 6 PM Jayhawk time on ESPN.