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Jayhawks maul Tigers

A short-handed KU squad has little trouble with Fort Hays State in the exhibition opener.

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In preparation for its upcoming six-game set against the Missouri Tigers, the University of Kansas men's basketball team played an exhibition match against an equally potent group of Tigers from Fort Hays State (KS).

Due to injuries that occurred in practice this week, Kansas was without Devon Dotson (foot/ankle) and Isaiah Moss (hamstring). KU actually trailed 9-5 about six minutes into the game, but things quickly fell apart for the visitors after that despite the Jayhawks shooting just 42% from the floor in the first half. Kansas would eventually take an 11-point, 36-25 lead into halftime.

KU's shooting didn't improve much in the second half, but it really didn't matter. Kansas led by as many as 35 points en route to a final score of 86-56.

The Jayhawks finished the game shooting just 45% from the floor. However, of the 73 shots Kansas put up, 33 of them, or 45.2%, were threes, and 11 of those found the bottom of the net.

Ochai Agbaji led KU in scoring with 21 points. The only other Jayhawks in double figures were Marcus Garrett (15) and Silvio de Souza (11).

Up next, the Jayhawks will welcome Pittsburg State to Allen Fieldhouse for its second and final exhibition on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7 pm local time.