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Updated: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 2:29 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(14) Kansas 77, Colorado 62

BOULDER, Colorado (Ticker) -- Wayne Simien had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Keith Langford scored 18 points as 14th-ranked Kansas got its Big 12 Conference slate off to another solid start with a 77-62 triumph over Colorado.

Simien, a preseason All-American and finalist for numerous player of the year awards, led Kansas (9-2, 1-0 Big 12) to its 13th straight conference-opening win.

J.R. Giddens added 15 points and Aaron Miles chipped in 12 and six assists for the Jayhawks, who got just 11 points from their bench.

"We played well, exceptional offense and we were holding them well on defense," said Kansas coach Bill Self, who recorded his first Big 12 victory. "

Blair Wilson led Colorado (6-4, 0-1) with 19 points - going over the 1,000-point plateau - and Michel Morandais had 14. The Buffaloes were done in by 31 percent (9-of-29) shooting in the first half, when they fell behind, 37-29.

"Those guys, you've got to give them credit, they hit big shots," Wilson said. "They play great defense and hit big shots."

Colorado was within 13-10 five minutes into the contest before a jumper by Jeff Graves sparked a 20-7 run. Simien had eight points in the spurt, which was capped by a jumper by Giddens with 5:19 left before halftime.

Simien had 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting in the first half.

The Buffaloes got within 40-34 just under three minutes into the second half, but a 7-0 run gave Kansas some breathing room and the Jayhawks pulled away down the stretch.

Colorado has dropped three in a row overall and seven straight conference openers.

"All the guys are taking it pretty hard guys in the locker room, guys you're waiting for to come up the guys wanted to win this game," Colorado coach Ricardo Patton said. "I'm hoping the guys won't forget this feeling and continue to get better."

"It is hard, but we can't dwell on it," Morandais said. ""We still have 15 games left in the Big 12, and two more (non-conference) before Nebraska. We lost at home, and we didn't lose at home last year in the Big 12, so we're not as good as last year, but we can't think like that."


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