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Final

(19) Texas Tech 77

(17-5, 5-3 Big 12)

(20) Kansas 96

(15-4, 7-1 Big 12)

    4:00 PM ET, February 7, 2004

    Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas

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    #19TTU 36 4177
    #20KU 44 5296

    Simien grabbed career-high 17 rebounds

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Wayne Simien leaped toward the basket for an offensive rebound, grabbed the ball and brought it down for what should have been a thunderous dunk.

    But as Kansas' junior power forward let go of the rim, the ball bounced, hung in the air -- and dropped through.

    Don't call him lucky, though. For Simien, who had 22 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to lead Kansas (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) to a 96-77 win over Texas Tech (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) on Saturday, the basket was a reward for his typically hard-nosed play.

    "I didn't feel like things were going to come easy for me," Simien said. "I had some easy ones trickle out, too."

    The Jayhawks (15-4, 6-1 Big 12) set a season scoring high in handing Texas Tech (17-5, 5-3) its third loss in the last four games and improved to 15-1 against the Red Raiders.

    Kansas had not gone over the 90-point mark since beating Tennessee-Chattanooga 90-76 in the Jayhawks' season opener. Then again, Texas Tech's 77 points were the second-most Kansas had given up this year.

    "Do you play better when you win 96-76 than when you win 76-56?" Self said. "The fans get caught up in that more than we do. They might think we played better today, but I can tell you we're going to have to do better on defense if we want to win Monday (at No. 13 Oklahoma State)."

    It was the first road game for Texas Tech coach Bob Knight since the school reprimanded him for getting into an argument with chancellor David Smith on Monday at a Lubbock salad bar.

    The capacity crowd of 16,300 in Allen Fieldhouse jeered Knight before the game, many waving signs that read "Red Rager," and again on the several occasions when the coach argued with officials.

    Knight kept his cool well enough to avoid any technical fouls, even drawing a laugh when he held up a finger to ask for the crowd's patience while he contested a call.

    It was the Jayhawks who got hot, hitting 9 of 20 3-point tries and outshooting Texas Tech 51 percent (36-for-71) to 38 percent (23-for-60) from the field.

    Over one stretch in the second half, when the Jayhawks finally began to pull away, the Red Raiders went nine minutes without a field goal.

    Kansas hit its first five 3-point tries and shot 14-for-19 (74 percent) from the field in just over 12 minutes to open the game.

    "We just ran our offense, and it worked," said point guard Aaron Miles, who led Kansas with nine assists. "Everything we've been working on just clicked for us."

    But the Jayhawks went 4-for-14 to close out the first half, and Texas Tech was still within striking distance when Andre Emmett hit two free throws to cut Kansas' lead to 63-54 with 13:21 left in the game.

    The Jayhawks responded with an 11-0 run, highlighted by 3-pointers from J.R. Giddens and Michael Lee, for a 74-54 lead with 8:37 remaining.

    "Boy, it's sure a fun game when you make shots," Self said.

    By the time Emmett scored inside with 5:04 to go -- the Red Raiders' first field goal since Devonne Giles' basket with 14:04 left -- Kansas led 82-61.

    "Their offense was better than anything we could come up with on both sides of the ball," Knight said. "You can't just talk about one guy. You have to talk about the entire team.

    "They looked to each other, they got the ball out to their shooters and their shooters were able to hit it," said Knight, who did not make his own players available for interviews. "When they could get the ball inside, they made key points inside."

    Emmett was 8-for-20 from the field but 13-for-15 from the free throw line, leading the Red Raiders with 29 points.

    The Jayhawks had their biggest lead, 94-67, on Omar Wilkes' bucket with 2{ minutes remaining.

    Giddens hit four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points, and freshman center David Padgett added 16 points for the Jayhawks.

    Giles fouled out with 15 points, and Josh Washington added 10 points for Texas Tech.

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