For the second straight game, Kansas University's men's basketball team Saturday defeated an opponent it faced last season.
Earlier this week the Jayhawks won a rematch against the Nevada Wolf Pack, and Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse they held off the Pacific Tigers, winning, 81-70.
The teams battled back and forth the entire first half, which featured eight lead changes. Pacific outrebounded the Jayhawks, 21-19, but KU had an 11-7 advantage in turnovers.
The opening minutes of the second half featured four more lead changes, the last of which was a 43-42 KU advantage on a three-pointer by Aaron Miles.
That shot started an 11-0 run by the Jayhawks that gave them the lead for good. KU upped its margin to 13 points twice later in the half, before holding on for the victory. The Jayhawks were just 4-of-11 shooting from the foul line before hitting 5 of 6 down the stretch.
KU's starting seniors led the way, with Keith Langford scoring a season-high 21 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out a career-high seven assists. Wayne Simien added 12 points and 15 rebounds, and Aaron Miles had 19 points, eight assists, six steals and three boards.
Christian Moody added seven points and three rebounds, Darnell Jackson had six points and five boards, and J.R. Giddens scored seven points.
Russell Robinson scored seven points, C.J. Giles hit a basket and Sasha Kaun had two rebounds.
Christian Maraker had 22 points for Pacific, and Marko Mihailovic added 10 points. David Doubley had seven points, six rebounds and five assists, and Guillaume Yango had nine points and six rebounds.
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Mike Webb and Jasko Korajkic each added seven points, and Tyler Newton had eight points.
The Jayhawks were 33-of-66 shooting from the field, including 6-of-17 from three-point range, and 9-of-17 from the free-throw line.
The Tigers were 26-of-61 shooting from the field, including 8-of-19 from long distance, and 10-of-15 from the charity stripe.
All stats are unofficial.