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Kansas Steamrolls Towson, 88-58

Updated: Friday, November 22 2013, 10:23 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points, Andrew White III added 13 and second-ranked Kansas raced to an 88-58 victory over Towson on Friday night to open the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.


Wayne Selden finished with 12 points and Perry Ellis had 10 for the Jayhawks (4-0), who built a 49-16 lead by halftime and never looked back. They'll head to the Bahamas next week to continue the tournament against Wake Forest on Thanksgiving Day.


Jerrelle Benimon had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Towson (3-2), which knocked off Temple earlier in the season. Rafriel Guthrie scored 15 points off the bench.


The Jayhawks had struggled early in games this season, allowing at least 35 points in the first half of each of them. But they had no trouble against the Colonial Athletic Association favorite.


In fact, it was like they were putting together a best-of reel in the first half.


After stumbling a bit out of the gate, the uber-athletic Jayhawks reeled off 11 straight points to seize control. Six of the points came on rim-rattling dunks, two of those by Tarik Black.


Towson quickly became rattled and started to settle for a cacophony of quick 3-pointers, ill-advised shots in the paint and tightly contested jumpers. All of its misses only served to fuel the Kansas fast break, which piled up 22 points in the first 20 minutes.


The Tigers were still within 27-14 with 7:42 left in the half, but they only managed one field goal from there as Kansas used a 22-2 finishing flurry to blow the game open. Wiggins scored nine of his 14 first-half points during the run, and was involved in both of the highlights.


The first came after a miss by the Tigers' Timajh Parker-Rivera. The ball ended up with Frank Mason, whose pretty one-bounce, cross-court pass to Wiggins resulted in an easy dunk.


The second highlight came after Mike Burwell missed and Mason again got the ball in the open court. He fed it to fellow freshman Conner Frankamp who, rather than take a mildly contested layup, added one extra pass like a seasoned veteran that Wiggins slammed with two hands.


By the time White was fouled in transition and made the second of two free throws with 1.4 seconds left on the clock, the Jayhawks had built their huge halftime advantage.


Kansas wound up shooting 69 percent from the field over the opening 20 minutes, had a 23-11 advantage on the boards and outscored the smaller Tigers 26-10 in the paint.


Towson shot 20.7 percent from the field and missed all 10 of its 3-point tries.


The Jayhawks didn't slow down much in the second half, racing up and down the court like it was a YMCA pickup game. Black had another big dunk during one stretch, Frankamp curled in a 3-pointer and Kansas coasted to its 66th consecutive non-conference win at Allen Fieldhouse.


The Jayhawks won't return to the friendly confines of the Phog for close to a month. After the Bahamas, they visit Colorado and Florida along with playing New Mexico at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. They return home to play Georgetown on Dec. 21.


Kansas Steamrolls Towson, 88-58


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