LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Thomas Robinson had 22 points and 12 rebounds and No. 13 Kansas swamped Fort Hays State 101-52 on Tuesday night, running coach Bill Self’s exhibition record as Jayhawks’ coach to 25-0.
Freshman Naadir Tharpe had 19 points while Connor Teahan had 14 and Justin Wesley 12 for the short-handed Jayhawks. Guards Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson sat out their second exhibition game for violation of unspecified team rules. Both projected starters are expected to play on Friday when the Jayhawks open their regular season against Towson State.
Robinson, a forceful 6-foot-10 junior, saw his first action since hyperextending his left knee on Oct. 27. Wearing a big brace on the knee, he did not seem limited in quickness or mobility and got a huge ovation from the near-capacity crowd when he was introduced. He scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the first half alone.