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Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2003 11:20 PM EST
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(17) Kansas 102, Nc Asheville 50
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LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- Kansas used a team effort to match its most lopsided victory of the season.

Nick Collison scored 20 points and Wayne Simien added 19 as the 17th-ranked Jayhawks extended the their home winning streak to 22 games with a 102-50 rout of North Carolina-Asheville.

Kansas has won five straight after losing three of four, winning by an average nearly 29 points per game. The Jayhawks had 12 players score in their latest thrashing and tied their 52-point victory over Emporia State on December 14.

"It was pleasant to sit and watch tonight," Kansas coach Roy Williams said. "I wasn't over there about to have an aneurism. It just makes it more fun for everybody. If you execute and try to do the things that we work on in practice, it makes it fun."

Kansas (8-3) never trailed after scoring the game's first six points and had a 13-2 cushion after the opening four minutes. Keith Langford scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half as the Jayhawks built a 46-22 halftime advantage.

Michael Lee added 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting as Kansas shot 62 percent (43-of-69) from the floor and made 8-of-18 3-pointers.

The Jayhawks shot better than 60 percent for the second straight game led by Collison, Simien and Langford. The trio combined to make 26-of-33 shots and all three 3-pointers.

"We are getting a nice momentum built up," Simien said. "We have to gain some momentum. We are still a solid team but we have to get a lot accomplished."

Alex Kragel scored a career-high 31 points and was the only player in double figures for North Carolina-Asheville (3-6), which has lost four in a row.

"I don't know if it was the atmosphere or the people we were playing against, I just felt good tonight," he said. "You can't ask for a better place to play. It was just one of those nights."

"Alex has been great for us since he has come here," Bulldogs coach Eddie Biedenbach said. "He has gotten stronger for us each year and he is getting better and better. He is a very good shooter and when he gets himself tuned in, he can have a night like he did tonight."

Kragel made 12-of-20 shots and made 7-of-10 3-pointers, but his teammates combined to shoot just 18 percent (8-of-44), including 1-of-10 from 3-pointer range. The Bulldogs shot 31 percent (20-of-64) as team.

UNC-Asheville is winless in five road game against ranked teams this season.

Kansas held an overwhelming 58-4 advantage in points in the paint and scored 38 points off 26 turnovers.

The Jayhawks had a 25-15 edge just over 10 minutes into the game before closing the first half with a 21-7 run. Simien and Kirk Hinrich scored five points apiece during the spurt.

Hinrich, who entered the game averaging 16.2 points, was held to just seven points on 3-of-8 shooting, but his teammates picked up the slack.

"Kirk is usually not going to miss those that he missed tonight," Williams said. "I thought that he was sensational defensively even though he didn't play as well shooting the ball."

"I only missed five shots," he said. "I rushed a couple of them and I think that's why I missed them. I am just trying to play and make the easy play."

Kansas shot 65 percent (24-of-37) from the floor in the second half and had its largest lead when time expired.


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