Kansas basketball has returned, and enthusiastic fans packed Allen Fieldhouse to watch the Jayhawks open the season with a 92-74 exhibition win over the Washburn Ichabods on Tuesday night.
Senior guard Frank Mason finished with a near triple-double recording 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. Mason was the team leader in all three categories.
After a slow start, the Jayhawks rallied to close out the first half with 50 points. The ‘Hawks went on to cruise in the second half. KU shot 45% from the 3-point line, and junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk led the Jayhawks from behind the arc, going 4-6 and finishing with 16 points.
Freshman sensation Josh Jackson recorded 14 points while shooting 6-12 from the field. Jackson played just 20 minutes, and he was clearly amped up to play his first live game in a KU uniform, as he went scoreless in the first half.
Both teams struggled overall at the charity stripe. KU finished 18-34 for 52%. Washburn somehow managed to shoot worse than that. The Ichabods finished 8-23 from the line for an incredible 34%.
KU had 24 turnovers, and they were outrebounded 45-44, which was perhaps the result of the new small-ball lineup employed by the Jayhawks.
Washburn shot just 38% from the field in the game, and guard Cameron Wiggins led the Ichabods with 14 points.
KU has one remaining exhibition game on Sunday November 6th versus Emporia State at 7 pm in Allen Fieldhouse.
Washburn will play their second exhibition game on Friday November 4th at the Kansas State Wildcats.