Dec 21, 2002
By STEVE BRISENDINE
AP Sports Writer
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kirk Hinrich hit five 3-pointers and scored 27 points - one shy of his career high - as No. 19 Kansas beat UCLA 87-70 on Saturday.
Wayne Simien added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Nick Collison had 18 points for Kansas (6-3), which withstood the Bruins' second-half comeback for its third straight win.
UCLA (2-4), which trailed by as many as 26 points in the first half, went to a full-court press in the second half and were within 77-66 when Dijon Thompson hit a layup and was fouled by Simien with 3:01 left.
Thompson, who led the Bruins with 21 points, missed the free throw. UCLA rebounded but failed to convert, and Kansas put the game out of reach on Hinrich's 3-pointer with 2:44 remaining and Simien's thundering fast-break dunk 17 seconds later.
Kansas' defense, meanwhile, frustrated UCLA star Jason Kapono for most of the game with constant pressure from Hinrich and Keith Langford.
Kapono came in averaging a team-high 17.6 points for the Bruins but missed his first four field goal attempts before scoring on a putback with 4˝ minutes left in the first half. He finished with 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting and had 13 rebounds.
Langford added 13 points and Aaron Miles had nine assists for Kansas, which held UCLA to 38 percent shooting (29-for-75) from the field.
The Bruins missed their first five field goal attempts and didn't score until almost 5 minutes were gone in the game.
The Jayhawks built a 9-0 lead over that span but struggled to pull away until a 14-0 run gave them a 33-11 lead with more than 5˝ minutes left in the first half.
At that time, Hinrich had more points - 13 - than UCLA's entire team.
He hit a 3-pointer and completed a conventional three-point play during the run, but it was the 6-foot-9 Collison - showing off his newfound agility - who made the most spectacular plays.
He scored twice after his own steals, once dribbling behind his back and hitting a layup after stealing an inbounds pass and once swooping in for a dunk after swatting the ball loose at halfcourt.
Andre Patterson added 12 points for UCLA.
The Jayhawks honored Orlando Magic guard Jacque Vaughn's No. 11 jersey - the school does not retire numbers - at halftime. Vaughn, a four-year starter at point guard, starred for Kansas from 1994-1997 and is the school's career assists leader with 804.