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Kansas 103, Kansas St. 68
Posted: Thursday February 28, 2002 01:25 AM
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LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- Jeff Boschee had a blast on Senior Night.

In his final regular-season home game, Boschee scored 22 points and was one of five players in double figures as top-ranked Kansas routed Big 12 Conference foe Kansas State, 103-68, for its 13th straight win.

Kirk Hinrich scored 24 points to lead the Jayhawks (26-2, 15-0 Big 12), who beat their overmatched intrastate rivals for the 24th straight time.

The crowd at Allen Fieldhouse spent nearly the entire game anticipating the postgame celebration honoring Boschee, the team's only senior starter, and four reserves, all of whom made their first career starts.

Jeff Carey, Chris Zerbe, Lewis Harrison and Brett Ballard started for the Jayhawks and helped them bolt to a 10-0 lead. Boschee scored or set up all of the points.

After the game, Boschee received a huge ovation before giving a speech, thanking the KU fans.

"Senior Night is always fun," he said. "It is a great ending to a career at KU. When I had to give my speech, it was not as bad as I thought. I was able to crack a few jokes and it went all right." "He deserves the big ovation," Ballard said. "He has been here four years and deserves all the credit he got. He has really come through for the team in the past when the team has been down." Drew Gooden scored 16 points and Nick Collison added 12 for Kansas, which can complete the first unbeaten Big 12 slate with a win at Missouri on Sunday.

"We have to be ready to play at Missouri," Boschee said. "But to go 16-0 is a phenomenal feat." Kansas took 30 more shots than Kansas State by forcing 28 turnovers while committing only seven.

"That was a huge difference in the game," Kansas coach Roy Williams said. "They did have 28 turnovers and we ended up in the points off turnovers to end the game, 42-4. I just think that was the big part of the game." Pervis Pasco had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Phineas Atchison scored 17 points for the Wildcats (11-15, 5-10), who fell to 0-10 on the road.

"The level of skill Kansas plays at and the fact that they can do so many things that make them hard to beat," Kansas State coach Jim Wooldridge said. "For me, their skill level is the highest level that I have ever had to coach against." In the first three-plus minutes, Boschee had a 3-pointer, a steal that led to a layup by Ballard, a steal that led to a basket by Zerbe and another 3-pointer.

"We dug a hole early and that hurt us," Wildcats forward Matt Siebrandt said. "It is tough to play against the No. 1 team in the nation." The Wildcats closed to 17-16 before the starters took care of matters with a 13-0 burst. Gooden scored six points, including a follow shot for a 30-16 lead with 7:50 to go.

The Jayhawks led 50-30 at halftime and Boschee's basket made it 66-36 with 16:48 remaining. Kansas led by as many as 42 points.

Freshman Wayne Simien scored 10 points for Kansas, which has not lost since an 87-77 defeat at UCLA on January 12.

 


 
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