Jayhawks Beat Pacific 81-70
Dec. 4, 2004
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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas men’s basketball team held off a tough Pacific team in the second half to remain unbeaten on the season with an 81-70 win, Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
KU converted 18 Pacific turnovers into 20 points.
The Kansas senior’s led the way for the Jayhawks. Senior Keith Langford had his best game of the season, scoring a team-high 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Langford also grabbed six rebounds and dished out seven assists. Senior Aaron Miles hit six of his eight shot attempts, including 3-of-3 from long range to add a season-high 19 points. Miles also took game-high honors with eight assists. Senior Wayne Simien added his fourth double-double in as many games, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds.
The game went back and forth in the first half with eight lead changes. At the break, KU led 35-34. In the second half KU pulled away, shooting 56 percent from the field.
Pacific placed two players in double figures. Christian Maraker led all-scorers with a game-high 22 points. Marko Mihailovic added 10 points.
“They are a very good team,” KU head coach Bill Self said. “Today’s game was a game of spurts. We played pretty well and made smart decisions, especially at the end of the game.”
“In the second half we rebounded much better than in the first,” Self added. “Pacific was doubling Wayne Simien, which opened up shots and opportunities for everyone else.”
Kansas (4-0) will play it’s fifth-straight home game when TCU comes to Allen Fieldhouse, Thursday December 9. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.