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Updated: Saturday, December 13, 2003 6:17 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(7) Kansas 77, Oregon 67

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- Wayne Simien provided the power.

Simien dominated on the inside, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as seventh-ranked Kansas posted a 77-67 victory over Oregon.

The Jayhawks' best inside player, Simien missed Wednesday's game against Division II opponent Fort Hays State with a slight muscle pull. But he showed he was more than healthy against the Ducks, who have a big frontcourt.

Simien also was not bothered by a power surge in Kemper Arena that delayed the start of the second half. Freshman J.R. Giddens added 18 points for the Jayhawks (5-1), who won their 25th straight regular-season game in Kansas City.

"I feel like we didn't get him the ball enough, but a lot better than before," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "Especially in the first half, we were getting the ball down low to him."

Simien's big effort came in the place where he dislocated his shoulder last season. His inside presence also helped make up for the absence of 6-9 forward Jeff Graves, who is suspended indefinitely.

"Yes, this was the scene of the crime," said Simien, who made 7-of-13 shots. "I was over on the training table hurting like I've never hurt before. It was like the Kemper curse. I didn't let it bother me today, I just went out and played."

Luke Jackson netted 27 points to lead Oregon (3-1), which was facing its first real test of the season.

"This was our first big road game against a top 10 opponent and Kansas did a good job of taking advantage of that," Ducks coach Ernie Kent said.

Giddens drilled consecutive 3-pointers to give the Jayhawks a 49-36 lead early in the second half. But the Ducks used an 11-0 surge to get back in the game.

The Jayhawks answered the Ducks' surge by going inside. Freshman center David Padgett made consecutive hook shots - his only baskets - and Simien scored down low, triggering a 17-5 burst that pushed the lead to 66-52 with 7:02 left.

Aaron Miles, an Oregon native, added 16 points and Keith Langford 15 for the Jayhawks, who shot 40 percent (26-of-65) and forced 16 turnovers.

Freshman Aaron Brooks and Ian Crosswhite each scored 12 points for Oregon, which shot 35 percent (21-of-60) and made just 6-of-29 attempts from 3-point range.

Ducks sophomore Matt Short made his season debut after being sidelined with a hairline stress fracture in the left foot. He had five rebounds and did not score.


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