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Jayhawks Defeat Fort Hays State in Exhibition Play

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Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Sophomore guard Ochai Agbaji netted a game-high 21 points, as the Kansas basketball team defeated Fort Hays State, 86-56, Thursday night inside historic Allen Fieldhouse.

The Kansas backcourt duo of Agbaji and junior guard Marcus Garrett combined for 36 points, including Garrett’s 15 points, 12 of which came from downtown. Agbaji shot 53.3 percent from the field (8-of-15) and 33.3 percent (3-of-9) from beyond the arc, while Garrett shot 50 percent (5-of-10) from the field and 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from three. The Kansas lead opened up in the second half by outscoring the Tigers, 51-30, shooting 47.5 (19-of-40) in the half.

Freshman forward David McCormack and junior center Udoka Azubuike led the Kansas effort on the boards with both players grabbing eight rebounds.  McCormack grabbed six offensive rebounds throughout the game, while Garrett led the team with five assists.

As a team, Kansas shot 45.2 percent (33-of-73) from the field and 33.3 percent (11-of-33) from beyond the arc. Kansas forced the Tigers into 15 turnovers, while only turning over the ball seven times. Fort Hays State shot 35.1 percent (19-of-54) on the game, and were led by Jared Viztum’s team-high 12 points.

Following Thursday’s effort, the Jayhawks will return home for their final exhibition of the season, as Kansas takes Pittsburg State on Thursday, Oct. 31 inside Allen Field Fieldhouse. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the game airing on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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