Towson has made dramatic strides in the past year-plus, but it isn't up to the level of an elite team yet.
The Tigers found that out the hard way Friday night at Phog Allen Fieldhouse as No. 2 Kansas roared out to a 33-point halftime lead on their way to an 88-58 nonconference win.
Jayhawks freshman guard Andrew Wiggins shot 6-for-7 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 grab 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-for-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 made 33 of 55 field-goal attempts (60 percent).
Salisbury 75, Birmingham-Southern 72: Tim Harwood (11 points) scored the go-ahead layup with 1:04 left and Kyle Savercool added a free throw with 33 seconds left as the Sea Gulls (2-1) beat the Panthers (2-1) in the opening round of the Hoopsville Classic at Stevenson.
Stevenson 80, Middlebury 69: Alfonzo Hawkins scored 17 points to power the host Mustangs (2-0) past the Panthers (3-1) at the Hoopsville Classic.
Cabrini 84, St. Mary's 78: Brendan McFall scored 23 points, but the Seahawks (1-1) lost to the Cavaliers (2-0) at the Hoopsville Classic at Stevenson.
Navy 89, Oral Roberts 64: The Mids (4-1) improved to 3-0 on the road by beating the Golden Eagles (1-3).
Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.