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Three-pointers help Kansas in 87-70 victory over UCLA

December 21, 2002

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Kansas hit a season-high eight three-pointers in an 87-70 victory over UCLA on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks, who trailed by 11 points at halftime of last year's 87-77 loss to the Bruins, were up 48-25 at the break. Kansas hit more than half its shots before halftime, going 18-of-31 from the floor. Hinrich had a trio of three-pointers, and Jeff Hawkins and Keith Langford both hit a shot from beyond the arc. UCLA was just 11-of-34 from the field.

Kansas (6-3) took a 9-0 lead just less than five minutes in, until Andre Patterson scored UCLA's first basket. The Jayhawks countered with a layup by Keith Langford and a three-pointer by Hinrich, his second of the game.
The Bruins (2-4) cut Kansas' lead to 19-11 later in the half, but the Jayhawks went on 14-0 streak and started running away with the game.

At the break, Hinrich had 13 points, including 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the three-point line, and Collison had 10 points, three rebounds and three steals. Wayne Simien scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Kansas, and Langford had eight points. Aaron Miles had three points, three rebounds and six assists.

The Jayhawks stayed out of foul trouble, getting whistled for just four fouls in the first half. The Bruins committed 14 fouls, including three each by Patterson and Ryan Walcott.

Patterson led the Bruins with six points at the break. Jason Kapono had five rebounds, but was just 1-of-6 from the floor and had missed his only three-point attempt.

UCLA outscored Kansas, 45-29, in the second half and cut the Jayhawks' lead to 11 points with about three minutes left, but Hinrich hit his fifth three-pointer of the game and Simien had a dunk to put the game out of reach.

Hinrich had 12 points after the break, including a three-pointer, and finished with a game-high 27 points. Collison had 18 points, seven rebounds, four steals and four assists. Simien had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Langford has 13 points. Aaron Miles had six points, six rebounds and nine assists. Hawkins' three-pointer and late free throw were the only points by a Kansas reserve.

Dijon Thompson led UCLA with 21 points, but fouled out with less than two minutes remaining. Matt McKinney scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Kapono added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Kansas shot 51.7 percent from the floor -- 44 percent on three-pointers -- while UCLA shot just less than 38 percent. UCLA outrebounded Kansas 45-36, including a 23-16 margin in the second half.

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