Feb 11, 2003
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
WACO, Texas - Nick Collison scored seven of his 15 points in a game-turning run and No. 9 Kansas remained atop the Big 12 standings with a 79-58 win Tuesday night at Baylor.
Collison drove for a short bank shot with 3:34 left in the first half, starting a 15-0 run for the Jayhawks (18-5, 8-1 Big 12). That included the final 10 points before halftime for a 41-28 lead. Collison scored on a spinning layup on a pass from Kirk Hinrich to cap the opening half.
Kansas then scored the first five points of the second half, Collison passing to Jeff Graves for an easy layup and then hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the key. The Jayhawks led by as many as 26.
Keith Langford had a game-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including consecutive three-point plays in the first half that put Kansas ahead to stay. Hinrich had 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
In the last three games, Hinrich has 66 points on 68 percent shooting (27-of-40).
Baylor is 0-6 against Top 25 teams this season, including a 91-42 loss Saturday at No. 5 Oklahoma that was its worst in 20 seasons. The Bears have lost nine straight against ranked teams since an 81-80 upset over Missouri last February.
Baylor hit 11 3-pointers, two more than its Big 12-leading season average, but was outscored 50-12 inside the paint. The Jayhawks had a 35-28 rebounding lead.
It was two years ago, when Kansas last traveled to Waco, that the Bears
upset the Jayhawks. There was never a chance for another upset once Kansas quit
throwing the ball away: In the first six minutes, the Jayhawks had five
turnovers, all on unforced bad passes.
Baylor, despite hitting just two of its first nine shots, led 8-6 when Lawrence Roberts made a free throw with 14:11 left. The Jayhawks tied the game when Michael Lee scored an easy basket after a backdoor pass from Graves.
Kansas missed a chance to go in front when Graves missed a dunk attempt that hit the rim so hard Hinrich finally tracked it down in the backcourt before missing a 3-pointer.
Kenny Taylor's 3-pointer put Baylor back in front, but after Collison's dunk, Langford had consecutive three-point plays.
Langford switched the ball to his left hand and made an awkward layup before getting fouled and hitting the free throw to put Kansas up 13-11. After a Baylor miss, Langford drove inside, made the shot and was fouled again.
No. 13 Oklahoma State (18-3, 7-1) is the only other team with just one Big 12 loss. The Cowboys, who play at Kansas on March 1, travel to Nebraska on Wednesday night.
Kansas has won five straight games since a 91-74 loss against No. 1 Arizona on Jan. 25. The Jayhawks play four of their next five games at home.