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McLemore opened the game with a 3-pointer, and added another moments later, as the Jayhawks shredded Washington State coach Ken Bone's zone defense.
Elijah Johnson got into the act with a 3 later to give Kansas a 21-6 lead, forcing Bone into calling a timeout. The Jayhawks started 8 of 10 from the field, and wound up 5 of 10 from beyond the arc over the first 20 minutes.
Washington State tried to get back into the game behind Motum, last year's Pac-12 scoring leader. He scored six straight to keep the Cougars within 36-21, but the last basket with 6:44 left represented the final points Washington State would score before the break.
Kevin Young made a couple of free throws for Kansas, Releford made a 3-pointer and Ellis got to work inside. He stuck a put-back and twice down the stretch got to the foul line, where he was 6 of 6 in the first half, helping the Jayhawks close it with a 14-0 run.
Jeff Withey added a put-back of his own miss to make it 52-21 early in the second half, and Motum finally ended a 10-minute drought for the Cougars with his 3-pointer with 16:40 remaining.
Kansas pushed the lead to 40 before coasting down the stretch.
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