LAWRENCE — The Pittsburg State men’s basketball was outmatched in the 100-54 loss to Kansas in the preseason opener on Halloween night inside Allen Fieldhouse.
KU had the upper hand in nearly every statistical category, as they set the tone with a 26-3 run to begin the contest en route to putting up triple digits on the scoreboard.
The Jayhawks dominated with their 55 percent shooting on 65 attempts, while out-rebounding the Gorillas 48-29 and notching 18 team assists.
Xavier Adams was the lone Gorilla to hit the scoreboard in the opening minutes, hitting a 3-pointer to bring PSU to within 4-3 with under 19 minutes remaining in the first half.
The Jayhawks went on to score 22 consecutive points, before Demetrius Levarity knocked down a free throw at the 13-minute mark to end the PSU scoring drought.
Kansas held its largest lead of the opening half at 40-10, but a 14-1 run by the Gorillas cut the deficit to 41-24.
Pitt State’s run began with a pair of free throws by Donovan Franklin and included a pair of 3-pointers from Mar’Qywell Jackson, a jumper by Jabari Antwine and three points from Adams.
KU responded with six unanswered points to end the half holding a 53-28 advantage.
Adams got the Gorillas going with a three pointer to begin the second half, but 21 unanswered points by the Jayhawks increased their lead to 74-31 with fourteen minutes remaining in regulation.
Antwine snapped Pitt State’s cold streak with a layup, as both teams began to trade baskets for the next five minutes of game time.
Kansas put the finishing touches on the win with an 11-0 run, which cushioned the lead to 94-42, before going on to coast to the 46-point win.
Jackson and Adams led the way for the Gorillas on offense with 12 points apiece.
Malik Newman was the team leader in points for the Jayhawks with 19, and also contributed four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Udoka Azubuike recorded a double-double, notching 17 points, 14 rebounds and one block.
Lagerald Vick also had a double-double, scoring 15 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal.
The Gorillas will take on Minnesota State at 12 p.m. on Nov. 10 inside John Lance Arena.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.