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Gorillas Fall to Kansas, 87-57, in Exhibition Opener

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The University of Kansas, the preseason No. 6 team in NCAA Division I, built an 18-point halftime cushion against Pittsburg State University en route to a 97-57 exhibition victory Tuesday (Oct. 29) at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Gorillas battled the Jayhawks through much of the first half, closing within a point, at 21-20, before the defending Big XII champions outscored Pitt State, 31-12, to close out the half.
 
KU expanded its margin to 65-38 with a 30-12 run and never looked back.
 
Pitt State junior transfer Devon Branch enjoyed an impressive Pitt State debut, pouring in a game-high 27 points. Redshirt junior Alex Williams also scored in double figures with 13 points in his first action for the Gorillas. Williams scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half.
 
Freshman guard Josiah Gustafson and sophomore guard Jake Bullard chipped in with seven and five points for the Gorillas.
 
Perry Ellis and Andrew Wiggins led four Jayhawks who recorded double-digits with 16 points a piece. Andrew White and Brennan Greene followed with 12 and 10 points.
 
Greene is the son of former Pitt State stand-out Jeff Greene, who averaged a school record 23.1 points in 56 career games for the Gorillas from 1988-89.
 
Kansas finished the night shooting 35 of 65 (.538) from the field and six of 18 (.333) from beyond the arc. They also managed to out-rebound the Gorillas by a 51-26 margin.
 
Pitt State will face a second Big XII foe in exhibition action before opening regular season play when the Gorillas travel to Manhattan, Kan., to face Kansas State University Friday (Nov. 1). Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum.

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