Kansas guard Kirk Hinrich (10) gets past Kansas State guard Jarrett Hart (30) for a basket and a foul during the 1st half Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, in Lawrence, Kan. This was the 252nd meeting of the two schools. Kansas entered the game ranked 12th in the nation. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A Win is a Win
Though foul trouble plagued the starters and not many shots would fall from behind the arc, Kirk Hinrich's 26 points led Kansas tonight as KU extended its winning streak to an amazing twenty five games over an improving Kansas State program. KU opened the game with a blistering 15-0 run, but Kansas State would fight back.
Foul trouble early on for the KU big men helped force Kansas Coach Roy Williams into more zone defense than KU had probably played during any one game this season, and Kansas State was able to keep the score respectable in the first half, largely thanks to the hot 3-point shooting of Gilson DeJesus who led the 'Cats with 15 points (4-8 from behind the arc). KU led at halftime 40-30.
Though he, too, was saddled with a couple of fouls early in the first half, junior Jeff Graves avoided picking up his third foul until late in the game and provided productive minutes in the paint. Graves finished with 8 points and 13 boards - and one hustle play.
Here's some more quick hits from the boxscore:
- Langford - After a slow first half, finished with 14 points.
- Miles - Picking up two fouls in rapid succession midway through the second half, Miles minutes were limited and so was the sophomore's scoring. Miles finished with 4 points and 6 assists.
- Bench - The KU bench contributed 13 points tonight, including 5 from sophomore Michael Lee.
- C-L-A-N-K - Kansas was a combined 2 for 12 from behind the 3-point line.
Final Score: Kansas 81 Kansas State 64
Former Jayhawk Drew Gooden was in attendance tonight, as his jersey was retired in a halftime ceremony.
Boxscore and Other Info
- Complete boxscore from KUAthletics.com
- Game wrapup from Yahoo Sports
- The Jayhawks improve to 13-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play.
- KU's next game is on the road at Colorado on Wednesday, January 22. Gametime is 8:00 pm (CST), with TV coverage provided by ESPN+.
- Discussion about this win is available at Phog Net Talk.