Sunday, February 10, 2002

Kansas has big day despite Knight

Holds off Texas Tech

The Associated Press

        LAWRENCE, Kan. — The crowd was focused on Bob Knight — until Kirk Hinrich and his teammates stole the show.

        Hinrich scored a career-high 28 points Saturday, and No.2 Kansas pulled away late for a 108-81 victory over No.24 Texas Tech in Knight's first visit to Allen Fieldhouse as a Big 12 coach.

        “It was really weird before the game,” said Hinrich, who is averaging 23.3 points over his past four games. “Coach Knight comes out, and all these camera people rushed over there. We couldn't even do layups.

        “We weren't worried so much about Coach Knight as we were worried about Coach Knight's team,” Hinrich said. “They're a good team and they made us work.”

        Drew Gooden added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Nick Collison 20 points as the Jayhawks went over the 100-point mark for the third time in four games.

        “I don't know how we won by so much,” Gooden said. “By scoring 100 points and not doing our best, it gives us something to look forward to.”

        Hinrich was 7-for-7 from the free-throw line and is 17-for-17 in the last two games — 25-for-26 over the last four games.

        “He's really doing well,” Kansas coach Roy Williams said.

        “Early in the season, people were concerned about his shooting the basketball. I said that by the end of the year, his percentage would be back up, and he has done that over the last several games.”

        Kansas (10-0 Big 12) is off to its best conference start since the 1970-71 Jayhawks went unbeaten (14-0) through the Big 8 season. Texas Tech (16-6, 5-5) is 0-4 on the road since beating Texas A&M 74-72 on Jan. 9.

        The Jayhawks shot 61 percent (43-for-71) from the field against Texas Tech, which held previous opponents to 40 percent shooting. The Red Raiders hit just 37 percent (29-for-79) of their shots and went without a field goal for more than five minutes down the second-half stretch.

        “Their most important ingredient is that they're just relentless,” Knight said of the Jayhawks. “They just keep playing, playing, playing. I don't think other teams understand that, and I don't think other teams — well, we were not capable of doing that.”

        TEXAS TECH (16-6) — Storozynski 1-7 1-4 3, Powell 5-9 2-2 12, Ellis 4-9 2-2 12, Doudney 5-13 1-2 15, Emmett 6-17 3-4 15, Shropshire 4-10 2-2 13, Chavis 0-0 0-0 0, Marshall 0-1 1-2 1, Ross 2-9 2-2 6, Cassidy 1-2 0-0 2, Arenas 0-1 0-0 0, Michalec 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 29-79 14-20 81.

        KANSAS (21-2) — Gooden 10-16 0-0 21, Collison 7-11 6-9 20, Hinrich 9-13 7-7 28, Miles 3-7 0-0 6, Boschee 6-8 0-0 14, Harrison 0-0 0-0 0, Ballard 1-1 0-0 3, Langford 2-6 1-2 5, Nash 1-1 0-0 2, Carey 1-2 1-2 3, Simien 1-2 0-0 2, Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Zerbe 1-2 0-0 2, Kapplemann 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 43-71 15-20 108.

        Halftime—Kansas 52, Texas Tech 38. 3-Point goals— Texas Tech 9-17 (Doudney 4-9, Shropshire 3-6, Ellis 2-2), Kansas 7-13 (Hinrich 3-5, Boschee 2-3, Ballard 1-1, Gooden 1-1, Langford 0-1, Miles 0-2). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Texas Tech 36 (Storozynski, Doudney 6), Kansas 47 (Gooden 10). Assists—Texas Tech 19 (Storozynski, Doudney 5), Kansas 26 (Miles 10). Total fouls—Texas Tech 19, Kansas 15. A—1 6,300.


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