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Kansas 90, Texas Tech 50
Posted: Saturday March 09, 2002 06:54 PM
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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- Kansas and a third straight day of basketball proved to be too much for Texas Tech.

Freshman Aaron Miles scored 15 points and matched a Big 12 tournament record with 15 assists as top-ranked dominated from start to finish for a 90-50 rout of Texas Tech to advance to the title game.

Kansas (29-2) won its 16th straight game and will face Oklahoma in Sunday's championship. It had no trouble with the Red Raiders, who were playing their third game in as many days.

Miles had five points and a pair of assists as Kansas bolted out to a 14-5 lead. The onslaught continued as Gooden made a layup and freshman Keith Langford drilled a 3-pointer for a 25-9 lead with 12:26 left.

A 13-0 run capped by a 3-pointer by Kirk Hinrich gave the Jayhawks a 40-13 lead with just under five minutes left. Kansas held a 51-22 lead at halftime.

"Needless to say, we played well," Kansas coach Roy Williams said. "This was Tech's third game in the past three days and I think the fatigue factor just caught up with them." Pawel Storozynski scored 14 points to lead Texas Tech, which shot just 27 percent (19-of-70). The Red Raiders also committed 16 turnovers.

"We were beaten by a much better team and we were tired from the beginning," Texas Tech coach Bob Knight said. "We're not a real strong team when it comes to stamina and everything caught up with us." The 40-point margin was the largest margin of victory in a Big 12 tournament game.

Drew Gooden also had a monster game with 16 points and 21 rebounds while Kirk Hinrich led the Jayhawks with 17 points. Kansas held a 50-18 advantage in points in the paint.

Miles had 10 assists after halftime and also made 5-of-7 shots. The freshman guard has flourished in Kansas' three-guard system with Hinrich and Jeff Boschee.

"Aaron's focus definitely has gotten better but he still has a long way to go," Williams said. "His decision making has gotten better and better." Nick Collison also had a dominant effort, making 7-of-8 shots for 14 points, six rebounds and five blocks. Collison also helped contain Red Raiders center Andy Ellis, who missed all six shots and did not score.

Ellis did not have the worst outing of the afternoon for Texas Tech. Andre Emmett, who had 23 points and 14 rebounds in a quarterfinal victory over Oklahoma State, also did not score as he missed all nine shots and grabbed just four rebounds.

"They're very good defensively," Knight said. "If I were to try to pinpoint one thing, it's that you become concerned about stopping the break and then you're concerned about defending the post play.

"Then you forget about the emphasis that you have to put on movement and sharpness to get open because they play so well." Kansas has won 13 out of 14 meetings with Texas Tech and Williams improved to 7-1 against Knight.

 


 
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