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Gooden enjoys Senior Night

Junior forward won’t say if game his last at KU

February 28, 2002

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Drew Gooden had five blocked shots during Kansas University's 103-68 Senior Night victory over Kansas State on Wednesday night, but his biggest rejection might have come following the game.

Asked whether it had occurred to him that the outing might have been his last at Allen Fieldhouse, the junior forward said, "I'm not thinking about none of that, no NBA questions, none of that stuff. I'm not even answering that no more."

Ku's Drew Gooden, left, bends around KSU's Matt Siebrandt.

Ku's Drew Gooden, left, bends around KSU's Matt Siebrandt.

Gooden, who has said his junior campaign "probably" would be his last with the Jayhawks, scored 16 points in KU's final home game of the season with two assists and two steals.

The KU student section offered chants of "One more year" when Gooden dove out of bounds for a loose ball during the second half, and again after the game when senior Todd Kappelmann offered his services as a sports agent to Gooden.

"I didn't say nothing to him," Gooden said with a laugh about the offer. "I barely heard him. Somebody on the team told me he said something about it. That's Todd."

Whether he bolts for the NBA, the 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward certainly appeared to be savoring every moment Wednesday night and sharing laughs with his teammates on the bench during the seniors' speeches.

One of his favorite postgame moments was little-used senior guard Lewis Harrison quipping, "I told the guys my speech would be similar to my playing time."

For the record, Harrison averages just under two minutes a game, while his speech lasted around seven minutes.

"It was great," Gooden said. "It was my third time witnessing Senior Night. It was a fun time. I liked Lewis' a lot, but they all had a different type of character to it. They all had nice speeches."

Gooden didn't say whether witnessing the pomp and circumstance of Senior Night would have any bearing on his decision following the season.

"It seemed like a regular home game to me," he said. "Just because it's Senior Night I've been through Senior Nights in the past. It was a great atmosphere tonight, we gave our seniors a win and we're getting ready for the Missouri game Sunday."

KU's Kirk Hinrich, right, gets past K-State's Larry Reid. Hinrich
had a game-high 24 points in the Jayhawks' 103-68 rout on Wednesday
at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU's Kirk Hinrich, right, gets past K-State's Larry Reid. Hinrich had a game-high 24 points in the Jayhawks' 103-68 rout on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

On the line Sunday will be a chance for the Jayhawks (26-2 overall, 15-0 Big 12) to become the first undefeated team in the league since the Tigers went 14-0 during the 1993-94 Big Eight season.

"I think it's going to be a really big game," Gooden said. "Missouri is a rivalry game. We haven't won in Columbia yet since I've been here, and it's going to be a big-time game. We want to go undefeated in this conference.

"It's like they say, 'Showdown Sunday' or 'Sunday Showdown' or whatever."

KU remained perfect in the conference in no small part because of the seniors who started Wednesday Harrison, Brett Ballard, Jeff Boschee, Jeff Carey and Chris Zerbe sparking a 10-0 surge to open to the contest.

"We were shocked," Gooden said of the spurt. "My first two years here the seniors who got in really were kind of messing up out there. But this year they jumped from the start. It was 7-0 by the time me, Nick (Collison) and Kirk (Hinrich) came in, then Boschee hit a three so we were up 10-0.

"They had a great start with intensity for our team."

Led by Boschee's 22 points capped by a three-pointer from the "n" in "Kansas" to break the century mark on the final shot at home in his career the seniors finished their final season 13-0 at home.

"You want to win it for the seniors, but what really counts is winning it for our team," Gooden said. "It's a special night for the seniors and you want the seniors to win on Senior Night."































Tale of the tape
Kansas State Kansas
46.9 FG% 46.8
54.5 3ptFG% 45
80 FT% 90.9
36 Reb. 36
17 Asst. 23
28 TO 7
8 Blk 11
3 Stl. 17
KANSAS STATE (68) MIN FG FT REB PF TP
m-a m-a o-t
Matt Siebrandt 27 4-6 2-2 1-8 4 10
Pervis Pasco 31 6-11 8-12 1-11 3 20
Larry Reid 29 3-9 2-2 0-0 2 8
Phineas Atchison 29 6-12 2-2 0-3 0 17
Nick Williams 35 0-4 2-2 0-4 1 2
Gilson DeJesus 26 4-5 0-0 2-5 2 11
Travis Canby 12 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 0
Ivan Sulic 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0
Quentin Buchanan 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Marcelo Da Barrosa 2 0-1 0-0 101 1 0
Team 1-3
Totals 23-49 16-20 6-36 15 68
Three-point goals: 6-11 (DeJesus 3-4, Atchison 3-5, Reid 0-2). Assists: 17 (Reid 7, Williams 6, Siebrandt, Pasco, Atchison, Canby). Turnovers: 28 (Reid 8, Siebrandt 4, Williams 4, Pasco 3, Da Barrosa 2, Sulic 2, DeJesus 2, Atchison, Buchanan, team). Blocked shots: 8 (Canby 4, Pasco 3, Williams). Steals: 3 (Williams 2, Reid).
KANSAS (103) MIN FG FT REB PF TP
m-a m-a o-t
Jeff Carey 8 0-2 2-2 0-0 1 2
Chris Zerbe 5 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 4
Lewis Harrison 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0
Brett Ballard 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2
Jeff Boschee 30 8-15 1-2 0-1 1 22
Drew Gooden 26 7-15 2-3 2-9 3 16
Nick Collison 22 4-10 4-4 4-4 4 12
Kirk Hinrich 34 9-14 3-3 0-6 0 24
Aaron Miles 25 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 4
Wayne Simien 14 1-2 8-8 3-7 3 10
Keith Langford 13 3-5 0-0 1-1 1 7
Todd Kappelmann 6 0-4 0-0 2-2 1 0
Bryant Nash 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0
Michael Lee 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0
Team 2-4
Totals 37-79 20-22 14-36 17 103
Three-point goals: 9-20 (Boschee 5-9, Hinrich 3-7, Langford 1-1, Zerbe 0-1, Harrison 0-1, Kappelmann 0-1). Assists: 23 (Miles 8, Hinrich 4, Boschee 3, Gooden 2, Zerbe, Harrison, Ballard, Collison, Langford, Kappelmann). Turnovers: 7 (Boschee, Gooden, Collison, Langford, Hinrich, Miles, Kappelmann). Blocked shots: 11 (Gooden 5, Simien 4, Collison 2). Steals: 17 (Boschee 4, Collison 3, Gooden 2, Langford 2, Hinrich 2, Ballard, Miles, Nash, Kappelmann).
K-State 30 38 68
Kansas 50 53 103
Officials: Scott Thornley, Eddie Jackson, Kerry Sitton. Attendance: 16,300.

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