LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- Wayne Simien continued Kansas' home dominance over Colorado.
Simien scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as third-ranked Kansas defeated Colorado here for the 22nd consecutive time with an 89-60 victory in a Big 12 Conference matchup.
The Jayhawks also improved to 10-0 in conference play for the first time since 2001-02. That year the club went 16-0 en route to winning the Big 12 title.
"I feel really good about it," said senior guard Keith Langford about being 10-0 in conference play. "It is a testament to what we want to accomplish this season. We are 10-0 right now and the good thing about it, is that we can control our own destiny. We don't want any team to win games for us and we want to control what we do. Every game we play, we will take one at a time."
Unbeaten vs. the Buffaloes in Lawrence since January 14, 1984, Simien overcame a slow shooting start in the first half by making all 11 of his free throws, leading the Jayhawks (20-1, 10-0 Big 12) to a 40-33 lead at the half.
The 11 first-half free throws made tied a school record that Simien set in an NCAA Tournament game against Alabama-Birmingham on March 26, 2004.
In the second half, Simien hit a jumper and made a layup within the first 2 1/2 minutes to push the lead to 46-33. After Colorado cut its deficit to 57-50, the Naismith and Wooden candidate scored on consecutive possessions. His jumper with 8:14 remaining pushed Kansas' advantage to 67-52.
"The run in the second half was the best we have looked offensively for a short period of time (in a game)," said Kansas coach Bill Self about the Jayhawks' 10-2 run. "(Colorado) got kind of tired and we started to run. Keith (Langford) was ultra-aggressive and Aaron (Miles) was ultra-aggressive. Wayne (Simien) played terrific. It was a good win."
"When Kansas made a run, I thought some of our guys just didn't respond," Colorado coach Ricardo Patton said. "They dropped their heads and didn't respond on the other end. That was my reason for playing some of the other guys in the last three minutes. I wanted to put a team on the floor that was going to compete. I did not think we competed when (Kansas) made its run."
After making just 2-of-6 shots in the first half, Simien went 5-of-8 from the field over the final 20 minutes to notch his fourth 20-plus scoring game in his last five contests.
"(Simien) is difficult to guard because he goes every play," Colorado forward Andy Osborn said. "He is relentless. Offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, shooting jump shots, really he is multi-faceted. You can't really stop him in one single area."
Freshman guard Richard Roby kept Colorado close in the opening minutes, scoring five points including a 3-pointer for a 7-6 lead with 16:52 left to play. Kansas responded with a 12-0 run that included a 3-pointer by J.R. Giddens and a three-point play by Simien.
Roby was later fouled attempting a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to cut the Buffaloes' deficit to 26-20 with 6:34 remaining, but Giddens hit another shot from the arc and Simien scored eight points down the stretch for the seven-point halftime lead. Aaron Miles totaled 17 points and nine assists and Langford scored 14 for the Jayhawks, who recorded their 16th straight 20-win season.
"With Keith and I attacking, it put pressure on the defense," Miles said. "It was all keyed on the defensive end for us. For the first 20 minutes, (Colorado) got everything it wanted and it got good shots. In the second half, we picked up our intensity a little bit on the defensive end and that was the key."
Despite closing within two possessions three times after halftime, Colorado shot just 30 percent (9-of-30) over the final 20 minutes.
Roby scored 14 points and Marcus Hall added 10 for the Buffaloes (12-10, 4-7), who committed 16 turnovers and were outrebounded, 45-33, in their fourth straight loss to the Jayhawks.