Kansas takes down Kentucky
Texas rides 3-pointers to victory.
Published: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 1:25 a.m.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kansas is proving it doesn't need Wayne Simien to beat a quality opponent, even on the road.
Playing without its standout inside player, the second-ranked Jayhawks got 28 points from the frontline of C.J. Giles, Christian Moody and Sasha Kaun on Sunday in a 65-59 victory over No. 8 Kentucky.
Playing its first game of the season on an opponent's home court - and in front of 24,367 fans, the second-largest crowd in Rupp Arena history - Kansas (11-0) won for the fourth straight time without preseason All-America Wayne Simien, who is out following surgery on his left thumb.
Included in that stretch are wins over two Top 10 teams, Georgia Tech and Kentucky (10-2). Kansas coach Bill Self said that, in Simien's absence, the production the Jayhawks received from their inside players was a bonus.
''We said before the game that if we could get 20 points from our (forwards) and (centers), we'll be in good shape,'' Self said.
The loss snapped Kentucky's six-game winning streak. The Wildcats' other loss came at No. 3 North Carolina.
''I think we are still a good team and we have the potential to get where we need to be,'' Kentucky forward Chuck Hayes said. ''The two teams we lost to are as good as anyone in the country.''
Giles, a freshman starting in place of Simien, went 5-of-5 from the field and finished with 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Moody, a junior walk-on, had 11 points and seven rebounds, while Kaun, a freshman who didn't play in Kansas' last game, added seven points off the bench.
Another inside player, freshman Alex Galindo, had four blocked shots.
''They kept us in the game,'' Kansas guard Aaron Miles said. ''Without them we would have been in trouble.''
That's because Kansas' perimeter trio of Keith Langford, Miles and J.R. Giddens - thought to be the Jayhawks' strength with Simien out - went a combined 7-of-28 from the field.
Kentucky's perceived strength - its frontline of Hayes, Kelenna Azubuike and Randolph Morris - proved to be its downfall, as that trio shot a combined 8-of-35, including 0-of-8 by Morris.
''They outplayed us inside,'' Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said. ''Look at the percentages of their post people and you can see we had a tough time guarding them.''
The Longhorns (12-2) hit 11 shots from long range in a victory over Baylor.
Daniel Gibson and Kenton Paulino did most of the damage, combining for nine, and it was the seventh time this season Texas has hit at least 10 3s in a game.
''Coach was telling us to be ready to shoot,'' said Paulino, who was 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. ''All our guards can shoot the 3. They can't guard all of us.''
Diaz scored 26 points and ACC newcomer Miami earned its first league victory Sunday, handing North Carolina State its third loss in a row.
A potential game-winning 3-pointer by the Wolfpack's Cameron Bennerman bounced off the side of the backboard with 1 second left. That clinched the ninth win in 10 games for Miami (10-3, 1-1 ACC).
''We showed tremendous poise,'' coach Frank Haith said. ''We didn't flinch.''
The Golden Knights (9-4, 2-3 Atlantic Sun Conference) have won four straight over the Dolphins (5-7, 1-4).
Florida Atlantic (3-9, 3-2 Atlantic Sun Conference) and Stetson (4-8, 2-3) were tied at 67 in regulation, but the Owls raced out to a five-point lead in overtime paced by two free throws by Bell and a three-pointer by Quinton Young, who finished with 17 points.
- Compiled from Sun wire reports
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