Richmond 69

(10-8, 2-3 A 10)

(12) Kansas 68

(11-3, 3-0 Big 12)

    9:00 PM ET, January 22, 2004

    Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas

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    Dobbins does it with defense as well

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Tony Dobbins and his Richmond teammates truly believed they could win in Allen Fieldhouse.

    They might have been the only ones.

    Dobbins' fadeaway jumper with a second left gave Richmond a 69-68 victory over Kansas (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) on Thursday night, snapping the Jayhawks' 52-game home winning streak against unranked opponents.

    "I wouldn't have shot it if I didn't think it was going to go in," Dobbins said. "I let it go, and it felt great. I didn't shy away from it."

    Mike Skrocki scored 23 points to lead the Spiders (10-8), who became the first unranked team to win at Kansas since Nebraska on Feb. 10, 1999.

    "I thought our kids handled the pressure very well," Richmond coach Jerry Wainwright said. "A building cannot make a shot for you."

    With Kansas (11-3) clinging to a 68-67 lead and the shot clock running out, Aaron Miles tried a 3-point shot that Dobbins knocked away. Miles got the ball back, but there wasn't time to shoot again and Richmond got the ball back on a shot clock violation.

    Dobbins dribbled into the lane on the ensuing possession, spun and swished the game-winner. Kansas had time for one inbounds pass, but the Jayhawks' Wayne Simien was called for a pushing foul and Richmond was able to run out the clock.

    "Everybody is disappointed, obviously. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out," said Keith Langford, who led Kansas with 18 points. "But this is basketball. It happens. Nobody said that everybody had it all figured out."

    The Jayhawks dominated inside, outscoring Richmond 36-18 in the paint and outrebounding the Spiders 45-32. But they never established an outside game, missing their first eight 3-point tries and finishing 2-for-11 from long range.

    Richmond had the advantage outside, hitting 10 of 26 3-point attempts. Skrocki had four 3s.

    "The 3-point shot is the great neutralizer in the game," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "We actually did a decent job guarding them at times, but we let (Skrocki) get free in the second half. We put four different guys on him, and none of them guarded him very well."

    Both teams spent much of the night shooting free throws, with 25 fouls called against Richmond and 21 against the Jayhawks. Kansas was 18-for-28 from the line -- but 0-for-4 in the final four minutes -- and the Spiders had almost as many free throws (17-for-20) as field goals (21-for-59).

    Simien had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Kansas, and Miles had 10 points -- seven in the last 6{ minutes -- nine assists and eight rebounds.

    Richmond trailed by five at the half, but an 11-4 run -- capped by Gaston Moliva's two free throws -- put the Spiders up 46-45 with 14:08 remaining.

    Simien answered with a putback that started a 7-0 run for Kansas, but the Jayhawks still weren't able to take control. They led 63-54 on Miles' 3-pointer with 6:21 to go, but Skrocki hit two 3-pointers and scored eight points in a 10-2 run that cut Kansas' lead to 65-64 with just under four minutes to go.

    "Early on, my shots didn't fall. It didn't seem like any of them were going in," Skrocki said. "During the second half of the game I got a few to fall, and that gave me confidence."

    Miles' 3-pointer with 1:28 left made it 68-64 -- but after he missed two free throws, Patrick O'Malley's 3 got the Spiders to 68-67 with 47 seconds left.

    Freshman center David Padgett had five points and five rebounds for Kansas after missing two games with a stress fracture in his left foot.

    Richmond missed 10 of its first 12 shots but then got hot from outside the arc, hitting five of nine 3-point tries in the first 11{ minutes. The Spiders had three 3s in a 10-2 run midway through the first half, the last one -- from Reggie Brown -- giving them a 21-20 lead with 8:30 left.

    Langford had two baskets and an assist in Kansas' 6-0 run, and his dunk off a feed from Miles put Kansas up 34-29 at the break.

    Richmond missed its next seven 3-point attempts after Brown's go-ahead shot until Skrocki connected with 15:40 left in the game, getting the Spiders to 41-40.

    Self was called for a technical on the Jayhawks' next possession for arguing a non-call. Skrocki hit one of two free throws, tying it at 41.

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