Kansas Comes Back to Beat Gamecocks

Dec. 18, 2004

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas men’s basketball team trailed most of the game, but came back to beat visiting South Carolina 64-60, Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. With the win, the Jayhawks improved to 7-0 on the season.

The Gamecocks got off to a quick start, scoring the first 11 points of the game. Kansas trailed 33-25, at halftime after shooting just 8-of-23 from the field.

KU took the lead at the 5:07 mark in the second half, when junior Christian Moody scored on a lay up to give the Jayhawks a 54-52 lead. With 2:14 to go in the contest, South Carolina’s Antoine Tisby was fouled as he made a lay up and knocked down the free throw to give the Gamecocks a 58-57 advantage. On the ensuing possession Kansas senior Wayne Simien gave the Jayhawks the lead for good with a dunk.

Simien led the way for KU with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore J.R. Giddens added 13 points and Langford rounded out double-figure scorers with 11 points. Freshman Russell Robinson came off the bench to score seven, while Aaron Miles added six points and a game-high eight assists.

“We have to give a lot of credit to South Carolina tonight,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “They got out to a quick start and we couldn’t stop them.

“Our defense was pretty good late in the game,” Self added. “I was proud of our guys for the way they hung on to win, but overall we didn’t play well tonight.”

South Carolina also had three players in double-figures with Carlos Powell leading the way with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Gonner added 12 points, and Tarence Kinsey chipped in with 11.

Kansas will play its first game away from Allen Fieldhouse when the Jayhawks travel to Kansas City to face Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Kemper Arena Wednesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.