Saturday, March 1, 2003

KU defeats OSU, 79-61


Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich appropriately led KU's 79-61 Senior Day victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Playing in his final game at the Fieldhouse, Collison collected his fifth straight double-double, having game-highs of 24 points and 16 rebounds, along with seven blocked shots. Hinrich added 19 points, six rebounds and five assists for Kansas (22-6 overall, 12-2 Big 12).

Keith Langford was the only other Jayhawk in double figures, scoring 12 points and adding eight rebounds. Jeff Graves had five points and 10 boards, Aaron Miles had nine points, three rebounds and three assists, Bryant Nash added eight points, and Michael Lee had two points and five boards.

Tony Allen led Oklahoma State (20-7, 9-5) with 21 points, but scored just seven points in the second half. He also had seven rebounds.

Victor Williams scored 18 points for the Cowboys, Melvin Sanders added 13 and Ivan McFarlin scored seven points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

Kansas shot 39.3 percent (24-of-61) from the field, and OSU was even worse, hitting just 36.5 percent (23-of-63) of its shots. The Jayhawks turned the ball over 23 times, compared to just 16 for the Cowboys, but the Cowboys scored just one more point off turnovers than Kansas.

Kansas outrebounded OSU, 54-34, including 19 offensive rebounds. Oklahoma State also had foul trouble and was whistled for 27 infractions. Kansas went 24-of-34 from the free throw line, while OSU made 11-of-15 free throws.

Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison have led the way on Senior Day. Hinrich has nine points and four rebounds, and Collison has 15 points and four rebounds.

Jeff Graves has five points and eight rebounds, Bryant Nash has five points, Aaron Miles has four points and Keith Langford has two points and five boards.

Tony Allen leads OSU with 14 points, Melvin Sanders has 11 points and Victor Williams has eight.

The Cowboys have been in foul trouble, though, as Andre Williams left the game with 13 minutes left in the first half and Ivan McFarlin also has three fouls. OSU has committed 17 fouls, while KU has committed 11. The Jayhawks are 13-of-21 from the foul line, and the Cowboys are 5-of-7 from the line.

Kansas has turned the ball over 14 times, but has outrebounded OSU, 31-20. The Cowboys have 10 turnovers.

The Jayhawks are 12-of-33 from the floor, and the Cowboys have hit 13-of-35 field-goal attempts.

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