LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- Kansas administered its annual beating of an in-state Division II school.
Kirk Hinrich and Wayne Simien scored 23 points apiece as the 19th-ranked Jayhawks shot 62 percent from the field en route to a 113-61 victory over Emporia State.
"We just wanted to come out and do things well," Simien said. "We wanted to keep the momentum going and take it through to the UCLA game next week. It was still a seasonal game and we needed to continue to work on our intensity."
It marked the 11th straight year the Jayhawks (5-3) hosted a Division II school from Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. Coach Roy Williams improved to 12-0 against Division II opposition.
Robbie Ballard scored 14 points for Emporia State (4-4), which had won its previous two games.
The Jayhawks, who made 43-of-69 shots, were never challenged, opening a 23-5 lead less than six minutes into the contest and racing to a 64-23 advantage at intermission.
"We were active defensively," Williams said. "I thought the first half was the first game this year of the four home games that I really heard talking on the defensive end."
Nick Collison scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half for the Jayhawks while Keith Langford contributed 13.
"We know that they are not like a top 25 team, but we also know that we are not out there to practice," Collison said. "Every time we step out on to the court, we know that we need to play as well as we can and get the job done."
Hinrich (9-of-12), Simien (10-of-11) and Collison (8-of-11) were unstoppable, combining to shot 27-of-34 from the field. Aaron Miles handed out 13 assists for the Jayhawks.
Kansas outscored Emporia State, 58-10, in the paint and converted 23 turnovers into 38 points. The Jayhawks also held a 46-28 edge on the boards.
Kansas reached the century mark with still 10:03 remaining, taking a 100-42 lead on Hinrich's layup. The Jayhawks led by as many as 61 in the final minutes.
"Our team has good character," Ballard said. "We have to play the whole time. You can't look at the score, you just have to try and play to get better."
Emporia State just under 34 percent (21-of-62). In the previous meeting between the teams, Kansas posted a 102-50 victory on December 4, 1997.
Emporia State coach David Moe was a graduate assistant on Kansas' 1988 national championship team. He coached against the Jayhawks as an assistant at Colorado from 1993-2001, going 0-17.
"This is one of the best atmospheres in basketball," Emporia State guard Ryan Lane said about Allen Fieldhouse. "Being from Kansas, this is where you want to play. This is one of the toughest places to play in the Big 12, so we aren't the only team affected by it."
Kansas has not lost to a Division II foe since 1947 and is 50-6 all-time.
"I am happy for Roy that he has his team back on track and ready for Big 12 play," Moe said.