Free Throws Lift No. 7 Kansas Basketball To 90-59 Victory Vs. Emporia State

Nov. 9, 2010

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 7 Kansas hit 35 of 40 free throws, including 27 of 29 in the second half en route to a 90-59 basketball exhibition victory against Emporia State Tuesday night.

Five Jayhawks scored in double figures, paced by Markieff Morris, who scored 10 of his team-high 14 points in the first half. Thomas Robinson had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Marcus Morris and Travis Releford each scored 12 points and Tyshawn Taylor added 10 points and a game-high six assists.

Emporia State was led by Christian Jackson, who scored 18 points. Teammate Michael Tyler was the only other Hornet in double-figures as he netted 11 points off the bench.

Kansas took a 48-29 lead early in the second half on a Robinson jumper and then scored eight of its next 11 points from the free throw line.

In the second half KU took just 20 shots from the field, making nine, but hit 27 of 29 from the free throw line as Emporia State committed 29 personal fouls in the game.

The Jayhawks led by as many as 35 points in a game in which Emporia State never led. KU used its height advantage – Emporia State’s tallest player was 6-7 – to score 42 points in the paint.

The Hornets had pulled within 28-20 with 8:38 left in the first period, but did not score a field goal the rest of the half until Jarvis Nichols hit a three-pointer as the clock expired. By then KU had gone on a 16-3 run to lead 44-23.

The Jayhawks opened the game on a 12-3 run behind a pair of follow dunks by Thomas Robinson. In fact, KU made seven of its first nine field goals before a stretch where they made just one of six shots. That kept Emporia State within striking distance until the 8:38 mark.

Marcus Morris started the knockout run with an alley-oop dunk off a steal. Tyshawn Taylor scored two straight baskets and Brady Morningstar and Morris capped off the nine-point run which put KU up 37-20 with four minutes left in the half.

Kansas finished its 2010 exhibition season 2-0 as it won its 37th straight exhibition game since the 1993 season. The Jayhawks improved to 5-0 against Emporia State in exhibition games.

In two exhibition games, Kansas connected on 67 of 75 free throws for an 89.3 percentage. KU had previously defeated Washburn 92-62.

Kansas will open the regular season Friday hosting Longwood at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Jayhawk TV.