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Road-weary KU cruises - Kansas 86, Texas A&M 74

Jayhawks eager to get back home

January 27, 2002

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— Travel, Jeff Boschee says, isn't as glamorous as it seems.

"Myself, personally, I'm getting sick of travel. It's nice to be coming home for a few weeks," Kansas University's road-weary senior guard said after scoring five points in 25 minutes in KU's grind-it-out, 86-74 Big 12 basketball victory over Texas A&M on Saturday at Reed Arena.

Ku's Nick Collison (4) stretches to grab a rebound as Texas
A&M's Keith Bean looks on. The Jayhawks beat the Aggies, 86-74,
on Saturday in College Station, Texas.

Ku's Nick Collison (4) stretches to grab a rebound as Texas A&M's Keith Bean looks on. The Jayhawks beat the Aggies, 86-74, on Saturday in College Station, Texas.

"It's always good to get a win on the road," added Boschee, who took an accidental shot to the face by A&M's Andy Leatherman late and sported some redness under his left eye following a physical game. "We got fat and happy and cruised through some of that, but we got a win on the road and that's important if you want to win the conference."

Boschee and his teammates dressed quickly after the game, appearing to be in a hurry to catch the bus to the College Station airport for their charter flight home.

Nobody could blame them for wanting to leave A&M in the dust.

The Jayhawks have been living out of a suitcase in January, playing five of their last seven games outside of Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks (17-2, 6-0), who won at Iowa State Wednesday and lost only at UCLA during this tough stretch, now will settle in to play three of their next four games at Allen Fieldhouse, with the only road game a short drive to Kansas State a week from Monday. The homestand starts with Monday's game against Missouri.

"Road or home it doesn't matter. I'm used to it by now. Now, this young pup here might be tired. He was tired last night," junior forward Drew Gooden said, needling freshman Aaron Miles in a happy locker room.

Gooden scored 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds. Miles attempted a career-high 10 shots, hitting five, and had 10 points, seven assists and two turnovers against the Aggies (8-12, 2-4).

"Our talent really won this game," said Gooden, who suffered a cut on the inside of his lip after taking an elbow from Keith Bean in the early going. "We didn't overlook A&M at all. We knew it was a road game, and road games are tough. We probably would have overlooked them a couple of years ago, not today.

Ku's Aaron miles (11) glides in for two of his 10 points against
Bradley Jackson, left, and Bernard King.

Ku's Aaron miles (11) glides in for two of his 10 points against Bradley Jackson, left, and Bernard King.

"We gave effort. You saw that early the way we pressured them. One of our goals was to pressure them."

KU's defensive pressure forced 14 first-half turnovers as the Jayhawks led, 43-31, at halftime.

Gooden scored 13 points, while Kirk Hinrich scored 11 and Nick Collison eight the first 20 minutes.

Sparked by Bryant Nash yep, Bryant Nash, who hit the first three of his career and also a 14-footer KU opened a 24-point lead (72-48) with 9:10 left, only to see A&M cut the gap down the stretch.

"I wasn't as pleased as I'd like to be," KU coach Roy Williams said. "We turned it over four of five possessions in one stretch. But you've got to feel good about a road win. It's a pretty good week. You'll take that any day."

Williams called a timeout with 5:24 left, after A&M cut the deficit to 76-62. KU committed a turnover on one possession, then Boschee buried a three, his only three in five tries, to hike the gap back to 17 points.

'''Bosch' had a pretty tough day until he made that three," Williams said. "Bosch didn't have his normal day; Keith, who has had great moments for us, didn't have his normal day, but Bryant was 2-for-2 and helped us."

KU's Drew Gooden, left, fires a pass around Texas A&M's Tomas
Ress. The Jayhawks dropped the Aggies, 86-74, on Saturday in
College Station, Texas.

KU's Drew Gooden, left, fires a pass around Texas A&M's Tomas Ress. The Jayhawks dropped the Aggies, 86-74, on Saturday in College Station, Texas.

Fort Worth, Texas, native Langford scored four points on 1-of-6 shooting, while Nash, of Carrollton, Texas, had five points in six minutes.

Of offensive minded Miles, Williams said: "Aaron was 7-2 (assist to turnovers) and did some really nice things out there today. He was 5-of-10. Two of the shots he missed he still had some indecision in his mind. We have got to try our best to get rid of the indecision either shoot it or don't shoot it."

The Jayhawks hit 48.4 percent of their shots to A&M's 38.8 percent. A&M hit 11 of 19 free throws, while KU swished 21 of 25.

Gooden made eight of eight, while Collison hit seven of eight, Langford two of two and Hinrich two of three charities.

"One of the keys to the game was making free throws," Williams said. "We rebounded it much better the second half. The bottom line is it's a road win and we feel good about that.

The road was on everybody's mind Saturday.

"It's been an unusual year. I've felt like we've been traveling all year," Williams said with a smile.































Tale of the tape
Kansas Texas A&M
48.4 FG% 38.8
35.7 3ptFG% 50
84 FT% 57.9
42 Reb. 39
25 Asst. 21
17 TO 17
2 Blk 5
9 Stl. 3
KANSAS (86) MIN FG FT REB PF TP
m-a m-a o-t
Drew Gooden 32 7-13 8-8 2-13 1 22
Nick Collison 31 6-11 7-8 5-8 5 19
Kirk Hinrich 34 5-9 2-3 3-6 3 15
Aaron Miles 28 5-10 0-0 2-4 3 10
Jeff Boschee 25 2-7 0-0 0-1 4 5
Keith Langford 23 1-6 2-2 1-1 1 4
Wayne Simien 15 2-4 1-2 3-6 0 5
Bryant Nash 6 2-2 0-0 0-0 2 5
Jeff Carey 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0
Lewis Harrison 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Brett Ballard 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Michael Lee 1 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 1
Chris Zerbe 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Todd Kappelmann 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Team 1-3
Totals 30-62 21-25 17-42 20 86
Three-point goals: 5-14 (Hinrich 3-4, Nash 1-1, Boschee 1-5, Gooden 0-1, Langford 0-1, Miles 0-2). Assists: 25 (Hinrich 8, Miles 7, Gooden 3, Collison 2, Boschee 2, Langford 2, Simien). Turnovers: 17 (Gooden 5, Langford 5, Collison 3, Hinrich 2, Miles 2). Blocked shots: 2 (Collison 2). Steals: 9 (Gooden 2, Collison 2, Miles 2, Hinrich, Boschee, Simien).
TEXAS A&M (74) MIN FG FT REB PF TP
m-a m-a o-t
Keith Bean 17 4-8 1-4 8-10 3 9
Jesse King 16 2-6 0-0 3-5 0 6
Nick Anderson 25 3-10 0-0 2-5 3 7
Bradley Jackson 33 2-8 1-2 0-3 2 5
Bernard King 34 8-19 3-4 1-2 3 22
Tomas Ress 20 1-4 2-3 0-1 2 5
Andy Leatherman 20 2-5 1-2 1-3 2 7
Nolan Butterfras 10 0-1 2-2 2-2 1 2
Dylan Leal 8 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 3
Brian Brookhart 8 2-2 1-2 0-0 2 5
Larry Scott 8 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 3
Team 4-5
Totals 26-67 11-19 21-39 19 74
Three-point goals: 11-22 (B. King 3-5, J. King 2-3, Leatherman 2-4, Ress 1-1, Leal 1-2, Scott 1-2, Anderson 1-4, Jackson 0-1). Assists: 21 (Jackson 7, Leatherman 4, B. King 3, Leal 2, Brookhart 2, Bean, J. King, Ress). Turnovers: 17 (J. King 4, B. King 4, Bean 2, Anderson 2, Jackson 2, Ress 2, Leatherman). Blocked shots: 5 (Anderson 2, Bean, J. King, B King). Steals: 3 (Bean, B. King, Ress).
Kansas 43 43 86
Texas A&M 31 43 74
Officials: Bob Sitov, Hal Lusk, Kelly Self. Attendance: 10,706.

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