Wildcats Storm Back To Beat No. 6 Kansas
By DOUG TUCKER
AP Sports Writer
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Salim Stoudamire led a 10-0 run to open the secondhalf and No. 1 Arizona stunned No. 6 Kansas by storming back from a 20-pointdeficit for a 91-74 victory Saturday.
Stoudamire, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, scored a career-high 32 points for theWildcats, who looked like they were going to get blown out when Kansas took a44-24 lead with 5:37 left in the first half.
Arizona (15-1) turned it completely around with the run over the first 3:31of the second half, slicing a 13-point deficit to 52-49 in a game featuring thetwo highest-rated teams to face each other this year.
The Jayhawks (13-5) could hardly miss in the first half as Keith Langfordscored 11 points in a 3-minute span en route to a career-high 27 points. But inthe opening minutes of the second half they seemed suddenly helpless, going0-of-4 with five turnovers and three fouls until Jeff Graves hit a free throwat the 15:36 mark.
Stoudamire's 3-pointer a moment later made it 54-53 and gave the Wildcatstheir first lead since the opening minutes of the game.
Jason Gardner, on a feed from Stoudamire, scored under the basket to put theWildcats on top 76-66 with 5:55 to go and quiet the roaring crowd of more than16,000.
The Jayhawks cut it to 76-71 on a 10-footer by Kirk Hinrich, who had missedsix of his first seven shots.
But Stoudamire answered with a 3-pointer from the corner, then hit a secondstraight 3-pointer after Langford had made one for the Jayhawks.
The Wildcats' lead again went to 10 with 2:41 left when Gardner's free throwmade it 81-71.
Langford, a 6-4 sophomore averaging 16.3 points in his first season as astarter, hit 11 straight points in one stretch in the second half as Kansas'lead climbed from 18-10 to 33-19.
Trying to beat a No. 1 opponent for the first time in the 48-year history ofAllen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks, who came in leading the country in scoring,shot 65 percent in the first half. But they shot just 29 percent in the secondhalf and wound up being outrebounded by the taller, deeper Wildcats 38-28.
Gardner had 23 points for Arizona, which is 4-0 this year against rankedopponents, while Rick Anderson had 15 points, including a key 3-pointer as theJayhawks were trying to mount a last-minute comeback.
Nick Collison and Hinrich each had 15 points for Kansas.