Perry Ellis had 15 points and seven rebounds in his college debut, and No. 7 Kansas used a big first-half run to put away Emporia State 88-54 in an exhibition game Tuesday night.
Ellis is part of a deep freshman class that the Jayhawks will be counting on to fill the shoes left by All-America Thomas Robinson, a first-round NBA draft pick, and Tyshawn Taylor, the senior guard who helped lead Kansas to the brink of a national championship last season.
The Jayhawks lost to Kentucky in the title game in New Orleans.
Reserve Elijah Johnson scored 12 points against the Hornets, a Division II school from southeastern Kansas.
Johnson is one of three returning starters and the top returning scorer, but gave way to sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe in the first of two exhibition games.
Seven-footer Jeff Withey, the Big 12's defensive player of the year, had seven points and six rebounds. Travis Releford added seven points and three assists.
This one was all about the freshmen, though.