Kansas ended their first exhibition game of the 2013-2014 season with a convincing 97-57 win over Pittsburg State on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. It wasn’t as easy as the final score may tell, as Kansas struggled to set themselves apart from the Gorillas in the first half. While Kansas held Pitt State without a field goal for nearly six minutes to open the game, the Gorillas cut what once was a 9-3 lead to a mere two points. An up-and-under layup from Trevor Gregory tied the score, 11-11. However, KU responded with an 8-0 run and never looked back.
Tarik Black topped the rebounding effort with 11 as Kansas doubled up the visiting Gorillas on the boards, 51-26. Tharpe, meanwhile, had more assists (9) on his own than the opposing total (6). The Jayhawks finished 35-of-65 (53.8 percent) from the floor, while holding the Gorillas to 17-of-54 (31.5 percent) shooting.
This exhibition game saw KU's second-ranked recruiting class on the court for the first time. Senior Tarik Black and freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden, Jr., each made the starting lineup, joined by veteran junior guard Naadir Tharpe and sophomore forward Perry Ellis.
It wasn’t all power dunks and show time as Bill Self slammed his team in post-game interviews for lacking on-ball defense, committing too many fouls and not being in the right place at the right time, poor passing and too many turnovers.
Kansas now leads the all-time series with Pittsburg State 10-0, including a 6-0 mark in exhibition play. KU and PSU have met seven times in the last 14 years, with the five most recent in exhibition play.
No. 6 Kansas will continue exhibition play when it hosts Fort Hays State on Tuesday, November 5, at 7 P.M. inside Allen Fieldhouse.