Hinrich and Collison Shave Tigers

Kansas seniors Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich combined for 46 points, as Kansas holds off Missouri 76-70 in a hard-fought Big Monday game in Allen Fieldhouse.

The Senior Circuit

It's what seniors do.  They lead.  Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison were no exception, as they put the team on their back and carried them to victory Monday night against Missouri.

Head Coach Roy Williams commented on his terriffic tandem, "We had two seniors Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison who were just sensational and the other guys by God have got to decide that they are going to be players too. Very seldom do I say that just two of our guys played, but those two guys (Collison and Hinrich) were sensational." More quotes and info are available at kuathletics.com.

How's this for a combined line:  73 minutes, 20-31 from the field, 50% from behind the 3-point line, 46 points (61% of the team's scoring), 11 assists, 10 rebounds, 5 steals - and ONE turnover?  Not a bad day's work, even for two All Americans.

Struggles of the Other Starters

As great a game as Hinrich and Collison had, it apparently didn't inspire much from the rest of the starters, as Aaron Miles, Jeff Graves and Keith Langford all had less than normal output.

Miles dished out more turnovers than assists (6 TO, 5 A) and finished with just two points.  Generally steady Keith Langford did manage to grab 5 rebounds, but only too seven shots from the field during the game - finishing with 6 points.

Jeff Graves' point production wasn't the issue tonight (8 points), but a couple of costly turnovers drew the ire of Head Coach Roy Williams.  Graves (and Miles) got to watch the finish of the game from the best seats in the house - the bench.

Solid play from both Bryant Nash and Michael Lee helped turn the tide, especially Lee's clutch free throws in the closing minutes to seal the victory.

Missouri's leading scorer was Ricky Clemons, finishing with 19 points.  Mizzou falls to 13-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big 12.

Boxscore and Other Info

  • Boxscore from kuathletics.com.
  • Kansas improves to 16-5 overall, and 6-1 in league play.
  • KU's next game is at Kansas State on Saturday, February 8. Gametime is 12:45 pm (CST), and television coverage is provided by ESPN+.
  • Discussion about this win is available at Phog Net Talk.


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