LIVE CHAT: KU defeats Washburn 92-62 in exhibition opener

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The Washburn Ichabods basketball team fell in its first exhibition game of the season Tuesday night, mainly because of a “Phog” advisory.

The Bods traveled to Lawrence’s Allen Fieldhouse to battle the No. 7-ranked University of Kansas Jayhawks. Washburn fell behind early as KU started out with a 5-0 run, which included a three pointer by senior guard Tyrel Reed and a pair of free throws by junior guard Tyshawn Taylor. Kansas increased its lead to 11-0 before sophomore forward Bobby Chipman scored Washburn’s first points on a turnaround jump shot.

After another basket by Chipman, KU went on another 11-0 run before senior forward Logan Stutz hit a free throw on KU’s fifth team foul.

At halftime, the Jayhawks led 51-27. Chipman led the Bods with 10 points, while junior forward Marcus Morris led the Jayhawks with 16 points and six rebounds, followed by Taylor’s eight points. The shooting stats were fairly similar, with Washburn going 10-for-23 from the floor, while KU was 13-for-23.

However, free throw shooting would prove to be the biggest factor in the game as KU hit 92 percent of its shots as compared to WU’s 50 percent at halftime.

In the second half, Kansas outscored Washburn 41-35 to seal the victory at 92-62. KU’s success from the free-throw line continued, as the team went 32-for-35 for the game, breaking the 90 percent mark.

Chipman led the Bods with 14 points and four rebounds, and Stutz chipped in 12 points. Senior forward DeAndre Washington struggled on offense, committing eight turnovers and only seven points.

Marcus Morris had a game-high 28 points to go along with his seven rebounds, and his twin brother Markieff added 12 more points with eight rebounds and three steals.

Washburn’s next exhibition game is Nov. 7, against Kansas State in Bramlage Coliseum.