LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The Towson Tigers made dramatic strides in the last year-plus, but they aren't quite up to the level of an elite team yet.
The Tigers found out the hard way Friday night at Phog Allen Fieldhouse as the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks roared out to a 33-point halftime lead on their way to an 88-58 non-conference win.
Highly-touted freshman guard Andrew Wiggins hit 6-of-7 shots in the first half, nearly outscoring Towson by himself. He had 14 of his team-high 16 points during the opening 20 minutes as the Jayhawks established a 49-16 halftime margin.
Guard Andrew White added 13 for Kansas (4-0), while guard Wayne Selden scored 12 points and forward Perry Ellis chipped in 10. Another freshman, center Joel Embiid, came off the bench to haul in a team-high eight rebounds.
Tigers forward Jerrelle Benimon competed nicely against the Jayhawks' depth up front, finishing with a game-high 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting and adding a game-high 10 rebounds. Benimon also dished out five of his team's eight assists.
Swingman Rafriel Guthrie contributed 15 points for Towson, but there wasn't much help behind him and Benimon. There also wasn't enough defense as the Jayhawks canned 33-of-55 field goals (60 percent), and hit 7-of-16 on 3-pointers.
The Tigers host UMBC on Tuesday night, while Kansas plays Wake Forest on Thursday.