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Self wound up calling three timeouts in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
These are the kind of growing pains that Kansas will no doubt experience through the first part of the season, though. Despite being picked to win their ninth consecutive Big 12 title, the reality is they have nine freshmen on the roster, seven of whom could contribute.
How steep has the learning curve been at Kansas? Even the courtside announcer is trying to settle into pronouncing the newcomers' names, half the time calling Anrio Adams with his full name and half the time shortening the freshman guard's first name to simply Rio.
Seven-footer Jeff Withey, one of the nation's premier post defenders, struggled again to get on track. He only had seven points and six rebounds against Emporia State, and had nine points and eight rebounds against the Ichabods, even though he had a massive size advantage in the paint.
Will McNeill scored 13 points to lead Washburn, a school from Topeka, Kan., that went 25-8 last season and was voted No. 2 in the NABC Division II preseason poll.
McNeill was the biggest reason the Ichabods were still within 53-42 with about 5 minutes left in the game. But that's when Withey scored inside, and then made a block at the other to trigger a fast break, which Releford finished with a three-point play for a 58-42 lead.
Johnson added a 3 moments later to deliver the knockout blow.
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