Coming back from an 11-point defecit to be down by just three at the end of the first half, Kansas needed only a minute of the second to take its first lead of the day. Relinquishing it for only 85 seconds from then on, the Jayhawks cruised to an 18-point day three victory in the Maui Invitational Tournament.
Seton Hall tried its best Ball State impression, hitting seven of 13 three-pointers in the first half, but finishing 13 for 33. Neither team shot particularly well in the early-going, as if the three games in as many days were taking their toll.
Seton Hall took the opening tip-off and hit an early three. In fact, each of their first seven shots were from long distance. They quickly built a 6-1 lead, let Kansas tie it up at six each, only to score six in a row of their own.
The Pirates responded to KU's initial second half burst, hitting yet another bomb to regain the lead at the 16:15 mark. Kirk Hinrich got it back for Kansas nearly a minute and a half later, this time for good.
The Jayhawks poured it on after that, leading by as many as 18. With just under a minute to go, the Jayhawk faithful in attendance started chanting the Rock Chalk chant.
Nick Collison had a monster day: 22 points, 19 rebounds (tying the Maui Invitational record), two blocks and a steal. Drew Gooden also notched a double-double with 16 points to go with his 12 rebounds. He also had five steals.
Kirk Hinrich added 14 points, Keith Langford scored 13 and Jeff Boschee knocked in 10. Aaron Miles scored five points, but had a team-high seven assists.
Kansas ended up shooting 46% from the field, while holding Seton Hall to just 33%. KU went 16-24 from the line, and dominated the rebounding, 57-32.
With today's win, Kansas improves to 2-1. Next up for the Jayhawks is Pitt State, Nov. 28 back in Allen Fieldhouse.
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