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Simien puts in 25

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- This was "Streak Week" for Kansas.

It started on Wednesday night with the Jayhawks' 29th straight
victory over Kansas State.

On Saturday, with Wayne Simien getting 25 points and 12
rebounds, No. 3 Kansas swamped Colorado 89-60 for its 22nd straight
victory over the Buffaloes at home.

"It wasn't exactly how we planned it out," Colorado freshman
Richard Roby said. "They played great and they always seem to play
like that."

In their last 32 games against Colorado, the Jayhawks (20-1,
10-0 Big 12) are 31-1.

"They got kind of tired and we started to run," Kansas coach
Bill Self said. "Wayne played terrific. It was a good win."

Simien was 11-for-11 from the free throw line -- all in the first
half. The 11 free throws were first thought to be a school record
for one half but Kansas officials later said their record book had
not been updated and that Simien had actually tied the mark he sat
last season.

Regardless of records, it was a virtuoso performance by the
6-foot-9 senior as well as by point guard Aaron Miles, who had 17
points and nine assists after committing eight turnovers and
scoring only one point against Kansas State.

"We were pretty stagnant in the first half and early in the
second half," Simien said. "Then we got a few big plays and a few
key stops and it was off to the races after that."

Colorado (12-10, 4-7), which had won four of six after starting
the conference season 0-4, fought back from a 12-point deficit to
make it 51-46 on a basket by Jayson Obazuaye.

But then Miles and J.R. Giddens hit 3-pointers and got the
Jayhawks' running game in high gear against the Colorado zone.
Simien then scored on two straight possessions to trigger a 34-11
run, dooming Colorado coach Ricardo Patton to his 21st loss in 22
games against the Jayhawks.

"When Kansas made that run, our team didn't respond," Patton
said. "They dropped their heads."

The key basket in the stretch may have been the thunder dunk
that Simien made off an alley-oop pass from Miles.

"That play and getting a couple of key stops really energized
us," Simien said.

Going 11-for-11 at the line, he said, was "nothing major.
They're just free throws."

The Buffaloes, whose only win over Kansas in their last 32 games
was a one-point squeaker at home on Jan. 22, 2003, had 16 turnovers
and only eight assists and were outrebounded 45-33 by Kansas'
senior-laden lineup.

Since a 21-point defeat at Villanova, Kansas has won six
straight and the closest was by nine points.

"Fouls played into it," said Patton, who argued frequently
with game officials. "The lighting must have been better on my end
than the other end. I told the officials that."

Keith Langford had 14 points and Giddens added 11 for Kansas.

Roby, who had scored 20-plus points in his three previous games,
was held to 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting. Marcus Hall added 10
points.

"I really thought we had a chance," Patton said. "Things had
to go our way and they didn't."

The Buffaloes had 11 turnovers and no assists in the first half,
but Obazuaye drove the length of the floor for a layup at the
buzzer that cut Kansas' lead to 40-33.

Overall, Kansas is 109-39 against Colorado.

"They let us hang around for a while but they took it at us
late in the game," Colorado forward Andy Osborn said. "If they go
at it for 40 minutes, they are going to be tough to beat in the
(NCAA) tournament."