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Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2003 1:17 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(10) Kansas 79, Baylor 58
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WACO, Texas (Ticker) -- Kansas didn't need the 3-pointer to continue its domination of Baylor.

Texas native Keith Langford scored 19 points and Nick Collison added 15 as the 10th-ranked Jayhawks withstood 11 3-pointers by the Bears and rolled to a 79-58 Big 12 Conference rout.

Kansas might not have matched Baylor's long-range shooting, making 4-of-10 3-pointers. But it improved to 8-1 all-time against the Bears, who are fifth nationally with just under 10 3-pointers per game.

Kirk Hinrich contributed 14 points for the Jayhawks (18-5, 8-1 Big 12), who swept a two-game road trip and extended their winning streak to five. They have won 15 of their last 17.

"We have bounced back nicely after two losses, and I've been very proud of the focus of the team," Kansas coach Roy Williams said. "We've played really good defense the last two games."

R.T. Guinn and John Lucas each scored 15 points, but Baylor (10-10, 1-8) lost for the eighth time in its last nine games. Lucas' 11th straight double-digit performance came with his father, former NBA star John Lucas, in the stands.

"Kansas is a good defensive team," Bears coach Dave Bliss said. "They're a fine team, one of the best we've played against."

The Bears, who have struggled after winning nine of their first 11 games, fell to 0-7 against ranked foes this season.

Baylor's last lead, 11-10, was erased with a three-point play by Langford with 11:18 left in the first half.

The Jayhawks never trailed again and blew open the game with a 10-0 spurt to end the first half. That was part of a 20-2 run that spanned the last three minutes of the opening period and the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second half that gave Kansas a 51-30 advantage with 16:51 to go.

"We played good until the last few minutes of the first half," Lucas said. "I put the blame on myself. Their offense was very fast. We broke down because of turnovers."

"I thought the critical period was the last couple of minutes of the first half," added Bliss, who fell to 5-17 lifetime against the Jayhawks.

Kansas shot 61.5 percent (32-of-52) from the field and outscored Baylor in the paint, 50-12. Meanwhile, the Bears shot just 31 percent in the first half (9-of-29) and 31.5 percent overall (17-of-54).

"Our defense was sloppy in the first half, and turnovers killed us," Williams said. "But in the second half, we were able to force bad shots, and that turned around the game."

Lawrence Roberts collected 12 points and eight rebounds and Matt Sayman tallied 10 points, but Baylor's bench was outscored by Kansas' reserves, 16-0.

"Our bench is not capable of doing what theirs can do," Bliss said. "We didn't handle the ball well; their defense was very good today."


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