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Jayhawks get by after Collison, Carey foul out

November 29, 2001

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Already playing without injured freshman forward Wayne Simien, the last thing Kansas University's men basketball needed was to have a post player foul out against Pittsburg State.

So what happened? Two post players fouled out.

Despite seeing 6-foot-91*2 junior forward Nick Collison and 6-11 senior forward/center Jeff Carey banished to the bench with too many infractions, the No. 8-ranked Jayhawks still managed to hang on for a 105-62 victory Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

"I just made some dumb plays," said Collison, who scored 10 points and had five rebounds before fouling out with 10:49 remaining. "I was out of position a couple of times, got caught every single time, I guess. Sometimes you can get away with something. I didn't get away with anything tonight."

Apparently, neither did Carey. He matched his career best with eight points including going 6-of-7 from the free-throw line before being sent to the pine with 6:48 to play.

"I didn't mean to foul out," he said. "I really wasn't trying to uh, I have no comment on that last call. The refs do a good job. They're people, too. I make mistakes. They make mistakes."

What's even more surprising in Carey's case is that he fouled out despite missing almost four minutes being patched up after suffering a cut on his nose.

Actually, patched up isn't exactly an accurate description.

"The doctor needed to put some type of medical glue over it," Carey quipped. "He said it was close to needing stitches, but he didn't want to waste any stitches on it. I guess my face isn't that important. He probably took some Elmer's preschool glue and put it on it."

While Collison and Carey toiled on the bench, it was KU's guards who took over.

Non-big men Kirk Hinrich, Jeff Boschee, Aaron Miles and Michael Lee combined for 46 points on 18-of-28 shooting. Hinrich led the way with 18 points, followed by Boschee with 12, Miles with nine and Lee with a career-high seven.

Sophomore forward Bryant Nash also scored a career high, tallying eight points on 2-of-3 shooting from the floor and 4-of-6 from the free-throw stripe.

"It's been awhile," said Nash, who had yet to score this season, missing all three of his shots. "Since I didn't so good down there in Maui, this was a good comeback for me. We worked a lot on shooting in practice. I've been shooting pretty good."

Boschee had a career-high five steals and freshman swingman Keith Langford added a personal-best five assists.

"Keith's been doing some good things," Hinrich said. "He's still learning, I think, how the system works and what to do when. Hopefully he'll grasp that as soon as possible, but that's part of the process. He's a good player. He does a lot of good things out there.

"Once he knows what he's doing all the time, he's going to be better."

The Jayhawks (3-1) started slow as a team against the Gorillas (3-2), leading just 10-7 with 13:33 remaining in the first half. But the taller, deeper KU squad responded with an 11-0 run and followed that with a 19-0 burst to take a commanding 42-13 lead.

"It was all right. It wasn't great for our team, but I think it did help us," Collison said. "We played well enough to win, we played well enough to dominate. We did certain things really well and other times we kind of weren't as intense as we should be, which is something we've got to be able to tighten up by the end of the year.

"We played hard. I just think mental mistakes at times we struggled with tonight."

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