KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Instead of remaining a house of horror
for Wayne Simien, Kemper Arena became the site of perhaps his
The 6-foot-9 junior had 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds
Saturday, leading No. 5 Kansas past Oregon 77-67 in his first game
in the building where he dislocated his shoulder last season.
"I returned to the scene of the crime," said Simien, motioning
toward the training table in the Kansas locker room. "Last time we
were here I was laying over there on that thing in pain."
The injury, which occurred in a victory over Missouri-Kansas
City on Jan. 4, caused Simien to miss 22 games.
"I felt like there was a Kemper Arena curse on me. But I guess
that was broken today," said Simien, who missed the Jayhawks' last
game with a pulled groin muscle.
"He was only at about 80 percent today," Kansas coach Bill
Self said. "He hadn't practiced in a week."
The Jayhawks (5-1) took a 49-36 lead early in the second half on
consecutive 3-pointers by freshman J.R. Giddens, who had 18 points.
Then Luke Jackson led the Ducks (3-1) on an 11-0 run that
quieted the partisan Kansas crowd and sliced the lead to 49-47.
But the short-handed Jayhawks, who were without suspended 6-9
Jeff Graves, turned to their inside game to re-establish dominance.
David Padgett, a 6-11 freshman who had been held in check all
game, hit two straight hook shots and Simien muscled inside for
Simien poked the ball loose underneath the Oregon basket a
moment later and fed Aaron Miles, who drove the length of the court
for a layup.
"We caught that sense of urgency we should have been playing
with the entire game," said guard Keith Langford, who had 15
points. "Padgett did a lot of other things besides offense to help
By the time Jackson halted the run with a 3-pointer, Kansas led
With 6:56 to go, Miles canned a 3-pointer and then hit a short
follow for a 68-52 lead.
"We went on a run in the second half and then we got sloppy in
our halfcourt offense," said Jackson, who had 27 points and passed
former teammate Luke Ridnour for ninth on the Ducks' career scoring
"You have to give Kansas credit. They shot the ball well. We
were not as effective as we needed to be keeping them off the
"Kansas did a good job using the emotion of the crowd," Oregon
coach Ernie Kent said.
Miles had 16 points for the Jayhawks.
The Ducks took a 2-0 lead when Jay Anderson hit their first
shot, then missed their next 10 field goal attempts. Oregon shot 22
percent the first half in falling behind 38-27.
Self suspended Graves, who had been averaging 4.0 points and
almost four rebounds, for consistently missing practice and being
"I think that Jeff has shown flashes of really being committed
and doing everything right," Self said. "But he's also had some
irresponsible things happen that are just totally unacceptable."
The start of the second half was delayed 17 minutes by a power
surge that caused much of the arena lighting to go out.
Oregon sophomore Matt Short, who was expected to start at
center, made his season debut after being sidelined with a hairline
stress fracture in the left foot. He had five rebounds and did not