Nevada 52

(3-1, 1-1 away)

(2) Kansas 85

(3-0, 3-0 home)

9:00 PM ET, November 29, 2004

Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas

1 2 T
NEV 21 3152
#2KU 43 4285

Top Performers

Nevada: N. Fazekas 17 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

Kansas: W. Simien 14 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

Kansas never trailed the defending WAC champions

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- That familiar motivator revenge was a big help in No. 2 Kansas' 85-52 rout of Nevada on Monday night

Coach Bill Self made sure everyone remembered how unranked Nevada upset then-No. 6 Kansas 75-61 last year.

"Coach brought the old clips when they smacked us pretty good and the fans stormed the court," said Wayne Simien, who had 10 rebounds and 14 points for his third double-double in as many games. "He did it to motivate us. I think it did that."

Taller, quicker and deeper, the Jayhawks (3-0) led from the start in dealing the Wolf Pack (3-1) their most lopsided loss since a 119-81 defeat to North Texas in February 1999.

"I thought our defense was pretty good," Self said. "I thought the whole team played sluggish in the second half, which is to be expected. We still have to learn to put our foot on the throat."

Nick Fazekas, the Wolf Pack's leading scorer averaging 23.3 points a game, was harried by Christian Moody into 1-for-9 shooting in the first half and finished with 17 points.

"I just couldn't get anything to go in," Fazekas said. "I had a couple rim out. It got to me to miss easy jump hooks."

The Wolf Pack's upset of the Jayhawks last season was keyed by 29 points from Kirk Snyder. But he's off to the NBA as a first-round draft pick and it's obvious Nevada misses him.

"Kirk was a big part of our team," Fazekas said. "We have to learn to play without him."

Kansas took a 19-4 lead over the first 7 minutes and never trailed the defending WAC champions, closing out the half on a 9-0 run for a 43-16 lead.

"We folded our tent in the last 3 minutes," first-year Nevada coach Mark Fox said. "We just folded our tents."

J.R. Giddens and freshman Russell Robinson each had 13 points and Keith Langford added 12 for Kansas. Point guard Aaron Miles had 10 assists and no turnovers.

Simien was 6-for-6 from the free throw line and is 21-for-22 in three games.

Kevinn Pinkney, who came in averaging 11 points for Nevada, was guarded mostly by Simien and was 1-for-10 and had only four points.

When freshman Sasha Kaun hit a short jumper for a 23-6 lead, Fox called a timeout. But the closest Nevada came was 34-21 after Kyle Shiloh hit a 3-pointer.

The Jayhawks' biggest lead was 79-40 when Darnell Jackson scored after Simien grabbed his 10th rebound.

"We are just young," Fox said. "We just couldn't execute our offense against their pressure defense."

Ramon Sessions had 12 points for Nevada, which shot only 30 percent to Kansas' 47 percent.

It was the second straight game the Jayhawks routed a program coming off one of its greatest seasons. A week before, Kansas romped 91-51 over Saint Joseph's, which went through the 2003-04 regular season undefeated.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 52 85
FG Made-Attempted 19-68 (.279) 33-70 (.471)
3P Made-Attempted 2-9 (.222) 6-21 (.286)
FT Made-Attempted 12-18 (.667) 13-20 (.650)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
Largest Lead 0 39

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