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Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2003 12:51 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(12) Kansas 98, Wyoming 70
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LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- Roy Williams faced little stress in picking up his 400th career victory as No. 12 Kansas never trailed on its way to a 98-70 victory over Wyoming.

Williams became the fourth-fastest coach to reach the plateau. Only Adolph Rupp, Clair Bee and Jerry Tarkanian reached 400 wins faster.

"I am proud of our teams," Williams said. "I am very proud of the type of schedules we have played in these 15 years. This summer I am sure I will take some time and think back and say this was a pretty cool night.

"If you wanted to talk about the 400 wins for one minute, just think about the kids. The kids who have represented the university in the right way, and the kids who have tried to get their degrees and the kids who have tried to play as a team. I have really enjoyed my relationship with all of these players, and that is something I will always enjoy."

Williams has lost only 96 games in 15 seasons at Kansas. He and Phog Allen, who the Fieldhouse is named after, are the only Jayhawk coaches to reach the mark.

Nick Collison scored 28 points on 12-of-14 shooting as Kansas (12-3) won its 24th straight home game. Collison also had 11 rebounds. Kirk Hinrich added 19 points and shot 4-of-6 from 3-point range for the Jayhawks.

Collison scored six of his points during a 10-0 run in the first half that gave the Jayhawks a 34-15 lead.

"The first 15 or 16 minutes of the first half were sensational defensively," Williams said. "In the second half, we kept attacking by shooting 55 percent, and we got everyone involved. We didn't play as smart as I'd have liked to have seen, but you know me, I am always trying to find the perfect game."

Collison tied Kevin Pritchard for seventh place on the Jayhawks' all-time scoring list with 1,692 points. Dave Robisch is sixth on the list with 1,754 points.

Wyoming (12-3) scored six straight points to end the first half to get within 48-32, but never came close to challenging Kansas over the final 20 minutes. The Cowboys had a nine-game winning streak snapped.

"They have two pros in Hinrich and Collison," Wyoming coach Steve McClain said. "They are preparing to be a Final Four team."

Kansas has won nine straight games since dropping three out of four in late November and early December. The Jayhawks have scored over 80 points in all of their wins this season.

Donta Richardson scored 29 points to lead the Cowboys. He shot 11-of-18 from the field.

Jeff Graves added 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots for Kansas in his third game starting for injured Wayne Simien. Aaron Miles also had 14 points, shot 2-of-3 from 3-point range and collected eight assists and five steals.

"That is our bread and butter now," Miles said of Kansas' defense. "We use defense to generate our offense. We just look to the team to get better out."

Despite the rout, Kansas' starters combined for 91 points. The Jayhawks held a 39-22 edge on the glass, including 15 offensive rebounds.

Wyoming's backcourt of Jason Straight and David Rottinghaus combined to make 4-of-16 shots for 16 points.

Kansas met Wyoming for the first time since a 75-57 victory on December 10, 1962.


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