Sophomore Darrell Arthur tallied 20 points on 9-for-15 shooting, and tied seniors Darnell Jackson and Sasha Kaun for a team-leading eight boards. Junior Mario Chalmers scored 14 points, including three 3-point makes. Chalmers also led the team with six steals.
Junior Tyrone Evans led Fort Hays State with 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting, but it was not enough to overcome the Jayhawks 60-14 points in the paint advantage. KU also scored 27 fast break points while surrendering none to FHSU.
Kansas' eight first half steals helped the Jayhawks open the game on a 14-2 run. During the run KU's defense forced Fort Hays State to hit only one of its first 13 shots.
KU's 43-17 halftime advantage was a result of strong defense as Fort Hays State shot only 17 percent (6-for-35) from the field.
The two teams played a back-and-forth second half that was headlined by a scintillating Arthur reverse alley-oop dunk from Russell Robinson to push the Jayhawk lead to 82-47.
Twelve Jayhawks scored in the victory, including a bucket by freshman Chase Buford, his first at KU. Kansas shot 56 percent from the field (38-for-68), while holding Fort Hays State to 31 percent shooting (19-for-62).
KU improved to 46-7 all-time in exhibition contests, including a 14-0 record under head coach Bill Self.
The Jayhawks will formally open its 2007-08 season as they host Louisiana Monroe in their first regular season game on Friday evening. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse.
Story courtesy: KUAC