Saturday, February 12, 2005

Kansas thrashes Colorado, 89-60

Jayhawks' second-half spurts knock out Buffaloes


Kansas University's men's basketball team ran its Big 12 Conference record to a perfect 10-0 with an 89-60 victory over Colorado on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks led by just seven points, 40-33, at halftime, and the Buffaloes cut that margin to just five points, 51-46, midway through the second half.

Kansas responded with 14 of the next 18 points and followed that run with a 13-0 spurt that put the game out of reach.

J.R. Giddens scored the first basket of the game, but Jason Obazuaye answered on Colorado's following possession as the Buffaloes kept the game close in the opening minutes.

Kansas took a 9-7 lead on a three-pointer by Giddens just a few seconds after Richard Roby had given CU a 7-6 lead. Giddens' basket started a 12-0 KU run.

Colorado trailed the rest of the first half, but cut KU's lead to as few as five points, 31-25, in the final five minutes of the first half. The Jayhawks held off the Buffaloes the rest of the way, taking a 40-33 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Freshman big man C.J. Giles briefly played during the middle of the first half, his first appearance in a game since Feb. 19. He also played late in the second half after the game was out of CU's reach.

Colorado missed its first seven shots of the second half, but heated up and cut the Kansas lead, which twice had ballooned to 12 points, to five points, 51-46, seven minutes into the half.

Kansas answered with 14 of the next 18 points, taking a lead of 15 points, 65-50, midway through the period.

The Jayhawks extended that margin to 28 points, 85-57, with a 13-0 run late in the period. All but the final point of the run came before head coach Bill Self pulled KU's starters.

Giddens had 11 points for the Jayhawks, Wayne Simien had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Christian Moody had nine points.

Michael Lee had five points before fouling out, Aaron Miles had 17 points and nine assists, Sasha Kaun had four points, and Keith Langford had 14 points.

Roby had 14 points for the Buffaloes, and Obazuaye had six points. Andy Osborn had eight points, and Julius Ashby had seven points. Antoine McGee had two points.

Marcus Hall had 10 points, and Glean Eddy had seven points. Martane Freeman had six points, and Chris Copeland had a point.

Kansas was 32-of-63 shooting from the field, including 6-of-24 from three-point range, and 19-of-24 shooting from the foul line.

Colorado was 20-of-58 shooting from the field, including 7-of-20 from long distance, and 13-of-28 from the charity stripe.

All stats are unofficial.

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