Wednesday, February 9, 2005

KU keeps streaks alive against K-State

Jayhawks defeat Wildcats for 29th straight game, 74-65


Kansas University's men's basketball team kept two streaks alive Wednesday with a 74-65 victory over Kansas State in Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan.

The Jayhawks (19-1 overall, 9-0 Big 12 Conference) now have won 29 straight games against the Wildcats and 22 in a row in Manhattan after a Jayhawk victory in which KU never trailed.

Wayne Simien gave KU a 2-0 lead on the game's opening possession, and J.R. Gidddens hit a three-pointer KU's next time with the ball as the Jayhawks ran out to a 16-5 lead.

The Wildcats answered with 11 straight points over the next two and a half minutes, tying the game at 16-all.

After the teams traded three-pointers, Kansas took its biggest lead of the game - 12 points at 35-23 - with a 16-4 run. The Jayhawks went into halftime with a 10-point lead, 35-25.

The teams fought pretty closely early in the second half, but the Jayhawks were able to extend their lead by a few points in the opening minutes.

The Wildcats cut the lead to just four points, 58-54, with just more than four minutes left in the second half, though, with an 10-0 run.

Kansas answered with six of the next eight points, and held on for the victory with strong free-throw shooting down the stretch.

Simien had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Jayhawks, Giddens had 18 points and four rebounds, and Christian Moody had two points and three rebounds before fouling out with less than four minutes left.

Keith Langford had 24 points and five rebounds, Aaron Miles had a point, three rebounds, six assists and eight turnovers, and Sasha Kaun had four points. Michael Lee had two points and two boards.

Jeremiah Massey had 20 points and five rebounds for the Wildcats, Fred Peete had 20 points (6-of-9 shooting from three-point range), and Cartier Martin had eight points. Lance Harris had 11 points, Clent Stewart had four points, and Justin Williams had two points and six boards.

Kansas was 26-of-49 shooting from the field, including 8-of-13 from three-point range, and 14-of-21 from the charity stripe. The Jayhawks turned the ball over 15 times.

Kansas State was 21-of-55 shooting from the field, including 9-of-20 from long distance, and 14-of-19 shooting from the foul line. The Wildcats turned the ball over 11 times.

All stats are unofficial.

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