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KU senior forward connects twice from three-point range in rout of ESU

December 15, 2002

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Guys Nick CollisonâÂÂs size hit three-pointers all the time in the NBA.

âÂÂItâÂÂs definitely a makeable shot,â Kansas UniversityâÂÂs 6-foot-9, 255-pound senior forward said after sinking a pair of threes in three tries for the second straight game Saturday night.

He hit eight of 11 shots total, good for 19 points in the Jayhawksâ 113-61 victory over Emporia State at Allen Fieldhouse.

âÂÂI always work on it in the offseason. I think itâÂÂs a shot I can hit. IâÂÂm confident with it,â Collison said of a three-pointer. âÂÂWhen teams leave me open - if the situation is right - IâÂÂm going to keep taking them.

âÂÂIf weâÂÂre in a stretch where weâÂÂre taking a lot of quick shots, itâÂÂs not right. But itâÂÂs good to stretch the defense.âÂÂ

For the year, Collison has made five threes in eight tries. He made five threes in 13 tries his freshman year, two of five his soph season and three of eight last year.

With the loss of Jeff Boschee, KU has been lacking a bit from beyond the arc this year.

âÂÂThis year a lot of teams pack it in,â Collison said. âÂÂIt might be good to make some.âÂÂ

KU coach Roy Williams said CollisonâÂÂs threes have all come off the secondary break where heâÂÂs open deep at the top of the key.

âÂÂI told him today somebody asked me if heâÂÂs got the green light,â Williams said. âÂÂI said, âÂÂ'No,â but if he can go 2-for-3 every game, IâÂÂll take that.

âÂÂIf you look, heâÂÂs not drifting out there,â Williams added. âÂÂAll are on the secondary break. Eric Pauley made a living off that. ItâÂÂs in the context of what weâÂÂre trying to do. ItâÂÂs a shot we practice every day. He is feeling good about it.âÂÂ

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Message unknown: Williams sent a team manager to say something to Emporia State coach David Moe with about 10 minutes left, after KU hit the 100-point mark.

âÂÂI sent him down there to ask how his father was doing,â Williams quipped of good friend Doug Moe, DavidâÂÂs dad.

âÂÂItâÂÂs probably coachâÂÂs business. I sent down a message. You guys donâÂÂt need to know everything,â Williams said to reporters.

Moe also declined to comment.

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No pity: Keith Langford, who scored 11 points the first half and 13 for the game, was asked if he ever felt sorry for the Division II Hornets.

âÂÂNo. I donâÂÂt care for anybody thatâÂÂs not wearing a Kansas uniform,â he said simply.

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Shaw back home: Emporia State guard Aaron Shaw missed his second straight game. HeâÂÂs in his hometown of Neenah, Wis., supporting a family member who is ill.

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Guarantee money: Emporia State received $25,000 for playing KU. Washburn and Central Missouri State received the same amount for their appearances at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Stats, facts: Kansasâ 64 points the first half was a season high. âÂÂ: KUâÂÂs 41 point halftime lead was its biggest since leading Oral Roberts by 46 (75-29) on Jan. 14, 1993. ItâÂÂs KUâÂÂs third biggest halftime lead under Roy Williams. âÂÂ: Milesâ 13 assists were most by a Jayhawk sophomore since Jacque Vaughn had 13 against Rice in 1995 and is the most by any Jayhawk since Miles totaled 15 against Texas Tech last season. âÂÂ: Wayne SimienâÂÂs 23 points marked a career high. âÂÂ: ESUâÂÂs 38 threes tied for the second most by a foe in the Roy Williams era. Arizona had 38 on Dec. 1, 2001.

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