It may have been an exhibition, but that doesn’t mean that the games are complete throwaways. In fact, they’re much the opposite, as they provide a chance to compete and teach, as well as grow.
Such was the case for Kansas and sophomore guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, who continued hos growth process by knocking down five three pointers in eight attempts in the Jayhawks’ 95-59 win over Fort Hays State, Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
"He was good. He almost got a loose ball too. We would've been really excited about that. I thought he was good, he was aggressive,” head coach Bill Self said. “He's a ball mover and a shooter and he can put it down and stuff, but if he is focused on ball moving and shooting and lets those other guys get him some shots in transition and stuff like that, then certainly he would be better. He got more minutes because Brannen (Green) didn't play."
Kansas used its size and length to overwhelm its visitors from the MIAA. They raced out to a 10-0 lead before Fort Hays found its legs and began keeping up with its highly ranked hosts.
However, the Jayhawks began to pull away towards the end of the first half with energy provided by freshmen Lagerald Vick and Carlton Bragg. Kansas would lead 45-29 at the break and would run away with the affair in the second half.
“There's some good things taking place at least with where we were better, but we still need to take another big step before Friday and obviously before the big week next week," Self said.
Five Jayhawks in total tallied in double figures, led by senior Perry Ellis, who notched 16 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes of action. Kansas begins its season for real, Friday night when they host Northern Colorado. They’ll then turn around and face national power Michigan State next Tuesday night in the Champions Classic in Chicago.