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Updated: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 12:53 AM EST
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(2) Kansas 85, Nevada 52

LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- Kansas advanced to the final eight in the NCAA Tournament last season, but its loss to Nevada in December was one that stood out. Aaron Miles did his part on Monday to make that game a distant memory.

Miles directed a high-powered offense with eight points and 10 assists against no turnovers and Wayne Simien led four players in double figures with 14 points in the second-ranked Jayhawks' decisive 85-52 victory over Nevada.

Nevada (3-1), on its way to the Sweet 16, built a 20-point first half lead and rolled to a 75-61 victory over Kansas last season in the finals of the Dodge Holiday Classic in Reno.

"We talked about last year's game quite a bit," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "We showed last years tape, the first half. They just kicked our butts. We played a good game tonight."

But gone from that Wolf Pack team are coach Trent Johnson, who took over at Stanford this season, and Kirk Snyder, who scored 29 points in last season's win but is playing in the NBA this season.

Behind three 3-pointers and a dunk by J.R. Giddens, Kansas raced to a 28-11 lead with 9:04 left in the first half.

Giddens and Russell Robinson scored 13 points apiece and Keith Langford added 12 for the Jayhawks (3-0), who thumped St. Joseph's, 91-51, in their last game November 23.

"I don't think of it as revenge because they have a new coach and a different team," Miles said. "We thought about last year's game but this wasn't the same team we played last year. I would have rather played them last year in the NCAA Tournament to get revenge."

Miles improved his career assists total to 761 - 43 shy of Jacque Vaughn's all-time school record. Simien shot just 4-of-11 from the floor but connected on all six free throws and added 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

"He's (Miles) a true point guard," Self said. "He doesn't get a lot of respect nationally, but he played well. He knows he's our third, fourth or fifth option on offense.

"He's going to pass Jacque in a lot of areas this season. Aaron does so many good things. He keeps the defense honest shooting he ball. I still think we can run more with him."

Kansas shot 47 percent (33-of-70) from the floor and held Nevada to 28 percent (19-of-68). The Jayhawks forced 18 turnovers.

"I don't think we played great offensively, but our first-shot defense was good," Self said. "We got some points off our defense, which we haven't done this season, but we didn't rebound that well.

"The thing that concerns me most with our team, is that our veterans lose interest. We have a chance to put the game away in the second half, but we play like the game was over. In all reality the game is over, but we have to play with a killer instinct."

With games against Georgia Tech, Texas and Oklahoma State, the Jayhawks will have three more chances this season to beat schools that knocked them off last season.

Nick Fazekas, who came into the game averaging 23.3 points per game, scored 17 points on 5-of-18 shooting for the Wolf Pack, who won the Western Athletic Conference last season, their first championship since the 1985 season when they played in the Big Sky Conference.

"We buckled under pressure," Wolf Pack coach Mark Fox said. "We didn't finish plays inside that I thought we should have. Our inability to execute on offense in the first half led to turnovers and points for them. Kansas' pressure defense forced turnovers."


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