No. 23 Jayhawks Run Past Emporia State, 103-58, in Final Exhibition Game

Nov. 11, 2008

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Familiar faces Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins led the Kansas men’s basketball team to a 103-58 victory over the Emporia State Hornets at Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday night. Aldrich and Collins combined for 39 points and every Jayhawk player scored as the University of Kansas rolled to its second straight exhibition game victory of the 2008-09 season.

Head coach Bill Self, who remains perfect in exhibition games at Kansas, started a lineup featuring junior Collins, sophomores Aldrich, Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed, and freshman Quintrell Thomas.

The win gives Kansas a 5-0 (including play in Canada) exhibition record on the year and is the 13th straight year the Jayhawks have ended the exhibition season with a perfect record.

Aldrich’s one-hand slam to give Kansas a 19-13 lead sparked a 24-to-6 run over the next nine minutes. Kansas would never look back as it would extend its lead to 45 points in the second half. Aldrich’s 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in the first half helped lead KU to a 56-30 halftime advantage. In the first half, Kansas shot 80 percent (24-for-30) from the field.

Collins finished the night with 22 points on 7-for-9 shooting, three assists and two steals in 20 minutes of play. Aldrich ended the game with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Morningstar added 13 points while Reed dished out six assists.

Marcus Morris led all Jayhawk newcomers with 11 points and six rebounds. Travis Releford chipped in with 10 points.

Leading the Hornets were Jeremiah Box and Alex Pyle, both of whom scored 13 points. Emporia State led only once in the game, a 5-4 advantage.

KU outrebounded the Hornets 44-23. That rebounding advantage helped the Jayhawks outscore ESU 56-16 in the paint and 30-4 on the fast break. Defensively, Kansas held Emporia State to 36.2 percent shooting.

Kansas will officially open its 2008-09 season on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m., as it hosts the UMKC Kangaroos in first round play of the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic. Last year, Kansas defeated UMKC at Allen Fieldhouse, 85-62. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.