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Langford still hobbled

December 9, 2001

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Keith Langford doesn't want sympathy, just a healthy ankle.

Langford made some of the moves Kansas University fans have come to expect from the flashy freshman on Saturday night against UMKC, but the swingman wasn't able to finish plays as often as he would have liked.

"I don't want to make excuses," said Langford, who made just one of four shots from the field and missed both of his free-throw attempts while playing 19 minutes on an injured ankle. "It feels a lot better than it did."

Langford, who suffered a bone chip during a practice prior to the Arizona game, did contribute three rebounds and an assist in a 79-68 victory over the Kangaroos at Allen Fieldhouse.

"The pain's not totally gone," said Langford, who's averaging 9.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. "I'm probably 70 or 75 percent. I can't do certain things I want to, like changing directions at a certain pace.

It seemed as if there wasn't much the freshman from Fort Worth, Texas, couldn't do when he scored in double figures in four of KU's first five games, including a 19-point outburst on Dec. 1 at Arizona.

"It is frustrating," he said. "Nobody likes to play in pain. Things had started out pretty good."

With 22 games left in the regular season, Langford knows his only real option is to play through the pain.

"I have to keep strengthening my ankle," he said. "The best medicine for injury is rest. Unfortunately were getting into the thick of our season. I don't have time to rest it."

The guard/forward kept the injury in perspective after the fourth-ranked Jayhawks improved to 6-1.

"We're still winning," he said. "There's no reason to get down about anything. I still have to step up when the team needs me to."

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