Monday, January 31, 2005

Jayhawks hold off Tigers, 73-61

Big second half leads to KU win


Kansas University's men's basketball team nearly suffered a let-down Monday against Missouri, but the Jayhawks regrouped in the second half and then held on for a 73-61 victory.

The Tigers led at halftime and through the early minutes of the second half before the Jayhawks, which won an emotional blowout over Texas on Saturday, took the lead for good midway through the half.

Kansas, which trailed by eight points at halftime, outscored Missouri, 45-25, after intermission.

Wayne Simien hit a jump hook for the first basket of the game as the Jayhawks jumped out to a 6-0 lead early. Missouri closed within three points, 12-9, before the Jayhawks pushed their lead up to 10 points, 19-9, midway through the first half.

The Tigers didn't let the Jayhawk lead hold them down, scoring 27 of the next 35 points and taking a 36-27 lead with just under two minutes left.

Missouri kept its lead until just more than 13 minutes were left in the game after back-to-back layups by Keith Langford gave Kansas a 48-47 lead.

The Tigers took the lead back, 49-48, and upped it to three points with another basket, but the Jayhawks took a three-point lead, 54-51, with six straight points.

Missouri tied the game with a three-pointer by Glen Dandridge, but Kansas scored nine of the next 10 points, taking a 66-55 lead with less than five minutes left. The Jayhawks then held on for the 12-point victory.

Simien had 22 points and eight rebounds for KU, Aaron Miles had 14 points, 10 assists and five rebounds, and Christian Moody had nine points and six rebounds.

J.R. Giddens had 15 points and four rebounds, Keith Langford had 11 points, five rebounds and three assists, and Sasha Kaun had two points.

Marshall Brown had seven points for Missouri, Jason Horton had nine points, and Jimmy McKinney had four points.

Linas Kleiza had 11 points before fouling out with 3:13 left, Thomas Gardner had five points, and Jason Conley had 20 points. Dandridge had five points.

The Jayhawks were 23-of-46 shooting from the field, including 6-of-10 from long distance, and 21-of-30 from the foul line. Kansas turned the ball over 13 times.

The Tigers were 24-of-54 shooting from the field, including 4-of-19 from three-point range, and 9-of-15 shooting from the charity stripe. Missouri turned the ball over 14 times.

All stats are unofficial.

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