KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a one-sided showcase on both sides of the ball, the 12th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks crushed the Washington State Cougars 78-41 in the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic at Sprint Center on Monday night.
The Jayhawks (3-1, 2-0 home) jumped out to a huge lead early and never looked back. Freshman guard Ben McLemore brought the house down with an electrifying putback slam to give Kansas a 23-9 lead with 12:48 to play in the first half.
In the first half, Kansas held Washington State to 33% shooting from the field. KU shot 64%, and took a 50-21 lead into halftime.
The Cougars (2-2, 0-1 away) managed to keep the deficit at or around 30 points until the 11:53 mark. The Hawks answered with a 13-0 run to take a 75-31 lead with 5:56 to play. KU emptied their bench accordingly, and the Cougars closed the game on a 10-3 run.
Senior guard Travis Releford led the Jayhawks with 17 points. Senior center Jeff Withey finished with eight points, six rebounds, and five blocks. The Cougars were led by senior forward Brock Motum with 14 points and seven rebounds.
KU was incredibly efficient from the free throw line, finishing with a 90.9 FT% after going 20-22 from the line. The Jayhawks outrebounded the Cougars 34-23.
Kansas takes on the St. Louis Billikens on Tuesday night at Sprint Center.