RENO, Nevada (Ticker) -- After a dismal first half, Aaron Miles and Kansas started running again.
Miles fueled a surge after halftime and Keith Langford scored 19 points as Kansas posted a 72-52 victory over Santa Barbara in the Wolf Pack Holiday Classic.
Kansas (6-1) shot 24 percent (9-of-37) in the first half and took a 24-18 lead at the break. The Jayhawks, adjusting to coach Bill Self's defensive philosophy, roared out of the locker room with an offensive burst.
Miles scored nine points in a 19-4 tear that started the half and made it 43-22 with 13 1/2 minutes left. Langford added five points in the run.
The Jayhawks scheduled the trip west for freshman David Padgett, a Reno native who chose Kansas over North Carolina in large part to play for new Tar Heels coach Roy Williams. Padgett, instead playing for Bill Self, struggled and was 1-of-8 for three points.
Kansas forward Wayne Simien collected 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end. Freshman J.R. Giddens scored 15 points and Miles added 13 and five assists.
Kansas wore crimson uniforms for the first time since the 1986 Final Four, when it lost to Duke under Larry Brown. Perhaps the change in colors affected the Jayhawks' shooting as they struggled against the Gauchos' zone and were 2-of-14 from the arc.
Langford, who was 2-of-8 in the first 20 minutes, came out of the locker room with a new approach. He took seven of his first eight shots from outside the paint, but went inside by making 6-of-7 after halftime, all from the interior.
Santa Barbara (5-3) entered on an emotional high after Wednesday's 61-60 triumph at UCLA, its first win over the Bruins in 19 tries. Casey Cook, who scored 16 points, was the player in double figures for the Gauchos.
This was Kansas' first meeting with a Big West school since its difficult 64-61 victory over Utah State in the first round of last season's NCAA Tournament. Santa Barbara lost to Utah State in the Big West title game.