LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The hallmark of Kansas last season was its ability to win ugly.
The Jayhawks would scrap for loose balls, throw a couple elbows under the basket to grab a rebound, clamp down like a vise-grip on opposing offenses and somehow get out in transition enough to put together the kind of game-changing runs that it takes to win games in March.
Already, it looks like this season's team will be no different.
Ben McLemore had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Elijah Johnson added 13 points and the seventh-ranked Jayhawks overcame 24 turnovers in a 62-50 exhibition victory over Division II Washburn on Monday night.
"There's going to be nights we don't play good. We can still win if we play defense and rebound," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "It's a good lesson you can still win ugly. If last year's team didn't win ugly, we would have won 20 games instead of 32."
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