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Updated: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 12:02 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(13) Kansas 78, Binghamton 46

LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- Coming off its worst effort of the season, Kansas delivered an early knockout.

Playing at home for the first time in nearly three weeks, the 13th-ranked Jayhawks allowed just two points in the first nine minutes and coasted to a 78-46 rout of cold-shooting Binghamton.

Freshman J.R. Giddens scored 16 points and Keith Langford added 14 for Kansas (7-2), which jumped to a 21-2 lead midway through the first half.

The Jayhawks rebounded from a 75-61 loss at Nevada in which it never led and trailed by as many as 25 points. In this one, Kansas led by as many as 37 points, allowing coach Bill Self to play his walk-ons in the final 4 1/2 minutes.

"I think we needed to get some confidence," Self said. "We got some tonight, but we still did not shoot it very well (47 percent at 23-of-49)."

Kansas led, 33-14, at halftime after Binghamton (4-6) shot just 18.5 percent (5-of-27). Facing their highest-ranked opponent since moving to Division I in 2001, the Bearcats finished at 29 percent (17-of-58).

The Jayhawks have held their last two opponents at home under 50 points, beating Division II Fort Hays State, 80-40, here on December 10.

"I think the (Allen) Fieldhouse has its effect on opponents, which is good," Giddens said. "It plays to our advantage. We showed them how we do it here at the Fieldhouse."

The 14 points was the lowest first-half total for a Kansas opponent since Oklahoma was held to 14 on February 20, 1999.

"I talked to a lot of people over Christmas break and they all said they were going to try to watch the game," said Brandon Carter, who was the only player in double figures for the Bearcats with 14 points. "It was fun to come here."

All 15 players saw time for the Jayhawks, who converted 21 turnovers into 24 points. Kansas made 25-of-30 free throws, compared to just 7-of-9 for Binghamton.


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