Bruins Fall To No. 19 Jayhawks 87-70

Dec 21, 2002

AP Sports Writer

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kirk Hinrich hit five 3-pointers and scored 27 points- one shy of his career high - as No. 19 Kansas beat UCLA 87-70 on Saturday.

Wayne Simien added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Nick Collison had 18 pointsfor Kansas (6-3), which withstood the Bruins' second-half comeback for itsthird straight win.

UCLA (2-4), which trailed by as many as 26 points in the first half, went toa full-court press in the second half and were within 77-66 when Dijon Thompsonhit a layup and was fouled by Simien with 3:01 left.

Thompson, who led the Bruins with 21 points, missed the free throw. UCLArebounded but failed to convert, and Kansas put the game out of reach onHinrich's 3-pointer with 2:44 remaining and Simien's thundering fast-break dunk17 seconds later.

Kansas' defense, meanwhile, frustrated UCLA star Jason Kapono for most ofthe game with constant pressure from Hinrich and Keith Langford.

Kapono came in averaging a team-high 17.6 points for the Bruins but missedhis first four field goal attempts before scoring on a putback with 4� minutesleft in the first half. He finished with 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting and had13 rebounds.

Langford added 13 points and Aaron Miles had nine assists for Kansas, whichheld UCLA to 38 percent shooting (29-for-75) from the field.

The Bruins missed their first five field goal attempts and didn't scoreuntil almost 5 minutes were gone in the game.

The Jayhawks built a 9-0 lead over that span but struggled to pull awayuntil a 14-0 run gave them a 33-11 lead with more than 5� minutes left in thefirst half.

At that time, Hinrich had more points - 13 - than UCLA's entire team.

He hit a 3-pointer and completed a conventional three-point play during therun, but it was the 6-foot-9 Collison - showing off his newfound agility - whomade the most spectacular plays.

He scored twice after his own steals, once dribbling behind his back andhitting a layup after stealing an inbounds pass and once swooping in for a dunkafter swatting the ball loose at halfcourt.

Andre Patterson added 12 points for UCLA.

The Jayhawks honored Orlando Magic guard Jacque Vaughn's No. 11 jersey - theschool does not retire numbers - at halftime. Vaughn, a four-year starter atpoint guard, starred for Kansas from 1994-1997 and is the school's careerassists leader with 804.

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