Archive for Sunday, January 27, 2002

KU Basketball Notebook: Nash drains first trey

January 27, 2002


— Bryant Nash hit the first three-point basket of his college career on Saturday afternoon.

Nash, Kansas' 6-foot-6, 205-pound reserve forward from nearby Carrollton, Texas, insists it will not be his last.

"I think I do (have three-point range)," shrugged Nash, who was 0-for-5 last year and 0-for-0 this year from three-point land prior to Saturday. "It's a matter of relaxing out there. Usually I'm uptight. I just went out and played my game."

The sophomore was playing with seven or eight relatives and friends in attendance. Carrollton is about a three-hour drive from College Station.

"I've been thinking to myself, 'I'm a good player,''' said Nash, whose six-minute stint was his longest in 11 games. He had not scored in the last eight games.

"I've just got to be more aggressive on the court. Coach (Neil) Dougherty said, 'It's all about attacking the basket.' He said I need to work on my handles. It'll help me get to the hole stronger."

Nash hit a 14-footer to go with his three for five points.

"I didn't even know I shot a three," Nash said. "I thought it was a two. I felt I wanted to play more. It got my hyped. If I attack more in practice, coach will put me in the games."

'Clumsy' Aggie: Texas A&M;'s Keith Bean, who elbowed Drew Gooden early in the game, had his shoulder pop out of place after he and teammate Bradley Jackson went up to block Keith Langford's inside shot the first half.

"He just did his (injury) 'cause he's clumsy," Gooden said. "He just fell over and busted his own shoulder, didn't nobody do that to him didn't nobody do that to him."

Gooden wasn't happy to take an elbow from Bean early.

"Look at this," he said, showing reporters a gash on the inside of his lip. "I'll probably need stitches from that."

Free-throw success: KU's Nick Collison, who entered a 55-percent free-thrower for the season, swished seven of eight free throws.

"I went through a funk earlier. It's something I'm capable of doing," Collison said of hitting charities. "It takes confidence and concentration."

Has he been working on free throws?

"I have been since Christmas, more and more," he said.

Back home: Fort Worth, Texas, native Keith Langford had an off day playing before about 20 relatives and friends who made the drive from his hometown.

"It was just another game," said Langford, who hit one of six shots and scored four points with five turnovers and two assists in 23 minutes. "I was out of sync. I tried to do too much early. I got out of focus and it lasted the rest of the game."

Lots of shots: Aaron Miles attempted a career-high 10 shots. His previous high was nine three times. He made five baskets and scored 10 points.

"I had open shots. I wanted to take open shots and I'm going to start making most of 'em," Miles said. "I said, 'I'm going to shoot if I'm open.' Sometimes my shot felt good; sometimes it did not feel so good."

He thought the key to the game was forcing 14 turnovers the first half in building a 43-31 lead.

"I think our defense triggered our offense," Miles said. "We tried to pressure and deny the passing lanes. We got stops on 'D' and were running up and down."

Ready to play: KU, Kirk Hinrich says, did not take A&M; lightly with Missouri looming.

"No way. All of our attention was on A&M.; We just didn't play as well as we should have," Hinrich said after scoring 15 points with eight assists and six rebounds. "At times we were doing things with good intensity. Then we'd let it slip."

Tipoff for KU-MU is 8:05 p.m. Monday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Stats, facts: KU is 17-2 for the second straight season. KU is 7-0 versus A&M.; Gooden grabbed his 700th rebound. Only 10 others in KU history have more boards than Gooden (707).

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