FORT WORTH, Texas (Ticker) -- Keith Langford had a successful homecoming, but Kansas coach Bill Self was more pleased with Justin Hawkins' effort.
Langford scored 24 points and Hawkins chipped in a career-high 19 as the top-ranked Jayhawks pulled away in the second half for an 85-66 victory over Texas Christian University.
Langford shined in his return to Fort Worth, scoring eight points in a 13-4 spurt that gave Kansas (3-0) the lead for good at 52-45 with just over 14 minutes left.
The junior swingman starred locally at North Crowley High School, where he led the team to a state title as a senior.
Hawkins saw his playing time increase after last week's news that top reserve Michael Lee will be out six to eight weeks with a broken right collarbone. Hawkins took advantage by nailing a career-high five 3-pointers, including two in a row for a 71-54 cushion with 6:24 to go.
TCU (1-2) took its final lead at 41-39 on Cory Santee's 3-pointer to start the second half. Santee scored 19 points to lead the Horned Frogs.
Langford made 9-of-10 shots, missing only one 3-point attempt. It was part of a big night from the floor for the Jayhawks, who shot 64 percent (32-of-50).
Langford's night was something that Horned Frogs coach Neil Dougherty had seen before. Dougherty was an assistant at Kansas under Roy Williams from 1996-2002 and recruited Langford to the Jayhawks.
Wayne Simien and freshman David Padgett each grabbed seven rebounds as Kansas held a commanding 38-22 edge on the glass. Simien, however, had five turnovers, and only six points.
Nucleus Smith scored 13 points for TCU, which fell to 10-21 under Daugherty. The Horned Frogs coach received a warm embrace from Self after the game.
The game drew a TCU-record crowd of 7,267 fans, many which gave football coach Gary Patterson a standing ovation when he was spotlighted.