Kansas rallies past Missouri

Forward Wayne Simien knocks in a field goal in the first half to help lead No.3 Kansas past unranked Missouri. Simien scored a game-high 22 against the Tigers.

By Times wire
Published February 1, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Two picture-perfect one-handed lobs by Aaron Miles set up easy baskets by Christian Moody and J.R. Giddens, and all of a sudden there seemed little doubt that the No.3 Jayhawks would rally to beat Missouri.

Giddens' bucket gave Kansas a nine-point lead - after trailing by eight at halftime - and got the crowd screaming, sending KU rolling to a 73-61 win over their archrival Monday night.

"I was sitting on the bench but I was yelling my lungs out," said Wayne Simien, who had 22 points and eight rebounds. "That was huge."

Kansas shot 36 percent in the first half and fell behind 36-28 but hit 70 percent in the first 15:30 of the second half, handing the Tigers their seventh loss in eight games.

Embattled Missouri coach Quin Snyder, who was hired six years ago over Bill Self when the Kansas coach was at Tulsa, fell to 3-10 against Kansas and 0-7 against Self.

But Snyder refused to discuss the growing criticism he is drawing from Missouri fans who are impatient with a program that never has finished higher than fifth in the Big 12 since he arrived.

"For me to be concerned about myself is not the answer," he said. "Ultimately, I am accountable. But I have to focus on the team."

The Tigers have lost six of seven and are winless at Kansas since 1999.

Miles, the conference's career assists leader, had 14 points and 10 assists, all but one in a take-charge effort in the second half. His two lobs keyed a 7-1 run that seemed to deflate Missouri, which has not won in Lawrence since 1999.

Giddens had 15 points and Keith Langford had 11 for Kansas. Jason Conley had a season-high 20 for Missouri and Linas Kleiza, before fouling out and getting a technical foul for arguing, had 11.

NO.16 PITT 86, PROVIDENCE 66: Chris Taft scored a career-high 25 and Carl Krauser adeptly ran the host Panthers' fast-breaking offense while playing one of his best defensive games of the season.

Krauser had 19 points, nine assists and two steals and helped shut out Friars point guard Dwight Brewington for nearly 32 minutes to help Pittsburgh win its fifth in six games. Brewington, averaging 18.5 points in his past four games, finished with eight points but didn't score until Pitt led 66-45.

Ryan Gomes scored 24, but the Friars lost their seventh in a row and 10th straight in the Big East.

UCF 67, LIPSCOMB 58: Anthony Williams scored 18 and host Central Florida went on an 11-0 run to end the game. Josh Peppers' 3-pointer with 59 seconds left gave the Golden Knights their first lead since the 13:15 mark. Lipscomb's Brian Fisk missed a tying 3-pointer with 34 seconds left, and Gary Johnson went 6-for-6 from the free throw line over the final 33 seconds for UCF.

FAMU 77, HOWARD 74:Tony Tate scored 26 and Jonathan Kelly hit a go-ahead shot with 17 seconds left for the host Rattlers. Kelly made a short jumper to give Florida A&M a 75-74 lead, and the Rattlers' James Pattman followed with two free throws with two seconds left. Howard's Darek Mitchell tried a 3-point shot as time expired, but the ball rimmed out and bounced away.

BELMONT 103, FAU 100 (OT): Justin Hare scored 23 points and Will Peeples made the go-ahead basket with less than a minute left in overtime for visiting Belmont. Belmont never trailed in overtime, jumping out to a 97-92 lead, before Florida Atlantic tied it at 98. After the teams traded baskets, Peeples hit a layup with 56 seconds left to put Belmont up for good.

STETSON 70, CAMPBELL 51:E.J. Gordon scored 17 as the host Hatters handed Campbell its school-record 14th straight loss. The Hatters won for the fifth time in its past seven in a matchup of the Atlantic Sun's lowest-scoring teams.

TOP 25: Illinois was No.1 in the Associated Press poll for the ninth straight week, and for the first time the Illini were a unanimous choice. An impressive win at Wisconsin and a home victory over Minnesota kept the Illini (21-0) unbeaten. They are the first unanimous No.1 since Duke did it for nine polls in a 10-week span in 2001-02. The Illini's nine-week run at No. 1 is the longest since UConn was there for 10 weeks in 1998-99.

ECKERD 70, BARRY 66: Steve Berg and MattCenatus each scored 20 to lead the visiting Tritons (15-5, 8-1 Sunshine State Conference). ... Greg Plummer was named co-SSC player of the week, sharing the honor with Barry forward Nick Ellingsworth-Perez.