Perry Ellis and Ben McLemore became the first tandem of first-year Kansas players to start in a season-opener since the 1969-70 season when sophomores Bud Stallworth and Aubrey Nash started against Marshall (freshmen were not immediately eligible at entering college at that time).
THE KANSAS' WIN:
KU has won 40-straight Allen Fieldhouse season-opening games, dating back to the 1973-74 season.
KU has won 11-consecutive season-opening games, dating back to the 2001-02 campaign, including 10-0 mark in the Bill Self-era.
KU posts a victory in the first series meeting against Southeast Missouri State and now leads the series, 1-0.
KU is now 19-0 against the current members of the Ohio Valley Conference.
KU now owns a 23-game home-court winning streak, which entered the game as the fourth-longest in NCAA Division I.
KU is now 683-107 (.865) all-time when playing at Allen Fieldhouse, including 146-7 (.954) under head coach Bill Self.
Coach Self's record improves to 270-53 (.836) at Kansas and 477-158 (.751) overall.
KU is now 2,071-806 (.720) all-time.
KU extended its streak to 244 games without consecutive losses, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I.
Kansas opened the game on an 11-0 run. Southeast Missouri State missed its first five field goal attempts and was held scoreless until the 15:52 mark of the first half.
At the 7:32 mark of the first half, with KU leading 20-12, the Jayhawks went on an 8-2 run over the next 3:07 to push the lead to 28-14. SEMO was 0-for-3 from the field during that stretch.
Kansas held Southeast Missouri State to 17 first-half points, which was the lowest by a KU opponent since Howard scored 13 points on Dec. 29, 2011.
Kansas has held 179 or its last 185 opponent to under 50 percent shooting, Southeast Missouri State shot 29 percent from the floor (18-for-62).
KU shot 2-for-21 (9.5 percent) from beyond the arc, which tied for the sixth-lowest three-point field goal percentage in school history, equaling the 2-for-21 effort against VCU on March 27, 2011.
Kansas has sold out its last 181 games in Allen Fieldhouse, dating back to the second game of the 2001-02 season.
Senior Jeff Withey scored the first point of the 2012-13 season when he converted on the backend of his two free throws at the 19:55 mark of the first half. Withey also scored KU's first field goal with a follow-up dunk with 18:43 on the clock.
Freshman Perry Ellis scored his first collegiate points with 17:23 remaining in the first half on a left-side baseline jumper.
Freshman Jamari Taylor scored his first collegiate points with a baseline layup in the first half with 14:11 on the clock.
Freshman Ben McLemore scored his first collegiate points from the foul line, sinking all three tries after being fouled on a three-point attempt at the 16:53 mark.
Freshman Rio Adams joined the effort and scored his first points on a pair of free throws at the 9:43 mark of the first half.
Senior Travis Releford hauled in five rebounds in the opening 7:50 of the game, marking the 19th time in his career he has posted five or more boards in a game. He finished with five.
Withey scored double-digit points for the 19th time in his career. He finished with a game-high 17 points. He also added 12 rebounds, marking his seventh career double-double. It was also his seventh career double-digit rebound performance.
Withey also added five blocked shots, pushing his career total to 170, and posted three or more blocked shots in a game for the 23rd time in his career.
Ellis finished with 15 points for his first-career double-digit scoring game, becoming the first KU newcomer to post double-figures in his debut since Kevin Young (13 points against Towson on Nov. 11, 2011). His 15 points were the most by a newcomer since Josh Selby scored 21 points against USC on Dec. 18, 2010.
McLemore collected 12 rebounds in his KU debut, becoming the first Jayhawk with double-digit rebounds in their first career game since Markieff Morris (15 boards vs. UMKC on Nov. 16, 2008).
McLemore also added five assists, which were the most in a Kansas debut since Aaron Miles had five assists against Ball State on Nov. 19, 2001.
Naadir Tharpe finished with 10 points, establishing a new career high, topping his old mark of nine points at Texas Tech on Jan. 11, 2012.
Andrew White III's three-pointer with 16 seconds left in the game were his first collegiate points.