Jayhawks Defeat Fort Hays State in Exhibition Play
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Sophomore guard Ochai Agbaji netted a game-high 21 points, as the Kansas basketball team defeated Fort Hays State, 86-56, Thursday night inside historic Allen Fieldhouse.
The Kansas backcourt duo of Agbaji and junior guard Marcus Garrett combined for 36 points, including Garrett’s 15 points, 12 of which came from downtown. Agbaji shot 53.3 percent from the field (8-of-15) and 33.3 percent (3-of-9) from beyond the arc, while Garrett shot 50 percent (5-of-10) from the field and 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from three. The Kansas lead opened up in the second half by outscoring the Tigers, 51-30, shooting 47.5 (19-of-40) in the half.
Freshman forward David McCormack and junior center Udoka Azubuike led the Kansas effort on the boards with both players grabbing eight rebounds. McCormack grabbed six offensive rebounds throughout the game, while Garrett led the team with five assists.
As a team, Kansas shot 45.2 percent (33-of-73) from the field and 33.3 percent (11-of-33) from beyond the arc. Kansas forced the Tigers into 15 turnovers, while only turning over the ball seven times. Fort Hays State shot 35.1 percent (19-of-54) on the game, and were led by Jared Viztum’s team-high 12 points.
Following Thursday’s effort, the Jayhawks will return home for their final exhibition of the season, as Kansas takes Pittsburg State on Thursday, Oct. 31 inside Allen Field Fieldhouse. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the game airing on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
.@youngoch showed off for our first exhibition game 😎
He led all scorers with 21 points and helped make this one a W for the Jayhawks! pic.twitter.com/tgzYxUsVSe
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) October 25, 2019
LEADING SCORER ALERT!
With 16 points, Ochai Agbaji leads the field.
MARCUS GARRETT IS FIRE!
He leads Kansas with three, 3-pointers and nine points at the under 8-minute timeout. Kansas leads 26-19.
Shooting 50% from the field,
#KUbball is out to an early 16-14 lead over Fort Hays State
Kicking things off for us vs. Fort Hays State!
Tonight's starting 5️⃣⤵ pic.twitter.com/JXpwUW8k6V
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) October 24, 2019