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Updated: Saturday, January 18, 2003 11:49 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(12) Kansas 81, Kansas St 64
KANSAS ST. WILDCATS
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LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- Kirk Hinrich made sure none of Kansas' impressive streaks would end against Big 12 Conference rival Kansas State.

Hinrich scored 26 points as the 12th-ranked Jayhawks used big runs early and late to dismantle the Wildcats, 81-64.

It was the Jayhawks' 25th straight victory over their intrastate rival since a 68-64 setback at Allen Fieldhouse on January 17, 1994.

Nick Collison added 16 points and Keith Langford 14 for Kansas (13-3, 3-0 Big 12), which also won its 25th straight home game - including 13 in the Big 12 - extended its conference-record regular-season winning streak to 23 games and won its 10th straight game overall.

Hinrich scored five points during the Jayhawks' game-opening 15-0 run, and the Wildcats (10-6, 1-2) got no closer than seven points thereafter.

"We didn't want to worry about the streak or anything like that," Hinrich said. "We just wanted to concentrate on going out and playing hard, setting the tone with our defense. Early, we were great defensively."

"You know KU is going to come out and press right away, get after you and try to score," Wildcats forward Matt Siebrandt said. "We couldn't stop it, they came out hard with a lot of energy and we didn't answer."

Kansas State, which trailed by 10 points at the half, was behind by just 44-36 after a free throw by Siebrandt with 17:48 to play, but the Jayhawks subsequently pulled away, leading by as many as 23 points in the final minutes.

"They jumped out on us, and it took us longer than we expected to respond," Kansas State forward Marques Hayden said. "The second half they jumped on us again and we couldn't recover."

Gilson DeJesus contributed 15 points and Tim Ellis 13 for Kansas State, which lost its second straight contest following an eight-game winning streak.

Kansas shot 49 percent and limited Kansas State to 39 percent, but the Wildcats made six 3-pointers to the Jayhawks' two.

"The beginning of the game was really our downfall," Kansas State coach Jim Wooldridge said. "You can't spot a team like KU, on their home floor, a 15-0 lead."

"It was a workmanlike game," Kansas coach Roy Williams said. "You have to give Kansas State a lot of credit, they played well. We got by with a win and we're happy about that."


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