LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -Sherron Collins had 18 points and Mario Chalmers added 14 Thursday night as Kansas beat Division II Pittsburg State 94-59 in an exhibition game.
Collins, who had five assists and four steals, was 7-of-10 from the field including 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line. The Jayhawks shot 53 percent from the field and outscored the Gorillas 40-12 in the paint.
Darrell Arthur added 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while Rodrick Stewart went 9-of-11 from the free throw line and finished with 11 points for the Jayhawks, who committed only nine turnovers and had 15 steals.
After a 7-0 Pittsburg State run cut the Kansas lead to 35-22, the Jayhawks answered with a 10-0 run to make it 45-22. The Jayhawks then closed the half on a 7-0 run, capped by a tip-in at the buzzer by Cole Aldrich that made it 55-29.
The Jayhawks shot 63 percent from the field in the first half, including 7-of-12 on 3s.
Cory Abercrombie led Pittsburg State with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Carlos Taylor had 10 points for the Gorillas, who committed 25 turnovers but outrebounded Kansas 36-33.
The Jayhawks, who finished 33-5 last season but lost to UCLA in the regional finals of the NCAA tournament, return everyone except forward Julian Wright, who was a lottery pick in the NBA draft. Junior Brandon Rush, who withdrew his name from the draft after tearing his ACL during a pickup game in May, suited up but did not play and is not expected to return until early December.
The Jayhawks host Fort Hays State on Tuesday in their final exhibition game and open the season against Louisiana Monroe on Nov. 9.
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