Jayhawks Crush Colorado

Feb. 12, 2005

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas men’s basketball team shot 57 percent from the field in the second half to pull away from the Colorado Buffaloes, 89-60, Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. Senior Wayne Simien notched his 10th double-double of the season with game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds. Simien was 11-of-11 from the free throw line.

KU led 18-7 early in the first half, but took a 40-33 lead into the locker room after Colorado ended the half with a last-second basket by sophomore guard Marcus Hall. The `Hawks came out firing and outscored the `Buffs, 49-27 in the second half.

With the win the Jayhawks improve to 20-1 overall and remain unbeaten in Big 12 play with a 10-0 record. KU held Colorado to 35 percent from the field.

KU shot 79 percent from the free throw line, while Colorado managed just 46 percent from the charity stripe.

Senior Aaron Miles added 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and dished out a game-high nine assists, while sophomore J.R. Giddens netted 11 points. Senior Keith Langford lit it up in the second half for 12 points to give him 14 for the game. Junior Christian Moody scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds, including six offensive boards in the win.

“It was a good win,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “We blew the game open and played really well offensively in the second half.”

I am not going to complain about a 29-point win over a conference opponent,” Self added. “Our season is just starting. We still have a lot to play for with some tough games ahead.”

The Jayhawks did not allow the Buffaloes a field goal in the final 6:33 of the game, while Kansas outscored Colorado 19-7 on second chance points.

Colorado was led by freshman Richard Roby who scored 14, while Hall added ten in the loss.

Kansas will travel to Lubbock, Texas to play the Texas Tech Red Raiders Monday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 pm.