California 56

(6-2, 0-2 away)

Kansas 69

(4-4, 3-4 home)

12:00 PM ET, December 10, 2005

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CAL 34 2256
KU 31 3869

Top Performers

California: L. Powe 16 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

Kansas: C. Giles 17 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 5 Blk

Kansas 69, California 56

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas had the crowd on its side and a desperate hunger to win. All California had was a six-game winning streak built entirely in its own friendly gym.

It all added up to a 69-56 victory for the Jayhawks in Kemper Arena on Saturday, thanks to a 24-6 surge that opened the second half.

"We needed this one real bad," said Brandon Rush, who had eight points in the spree. "We were still confident. But we needed to get our swagger back."

The victory squared the youthful Jayhawks' record at 4-4.

"This was a game we badly needed," said Kansas coach Bill Self. "That's a talented team we played today."

C.J. Giles had six points during the surge that turned California's 34-31 halftime lead into a 53-38 advantage for Kansas, which looked terrible while missing nine of its first 10 shots.

Giles, a 6-foot-11 sophomore, also spent much of the game guarding Cal's Leon Powe, a 6-foot-8 sophomore who had been averaging 25 points and nine rebounds since returning from injury. Powe sat out all last season and the first four games of this one, but finished Saturday with eight points in the first half and 16 points and 11 rebounds for the game.

"When I would get the ball, they really clogged the lane," said Powe. "We tried to get better ball movement, but it was too late."

Omar Wilkes, who spent a year at Kansas before transferring back to his native California, got a warm ovation from the Kemper Arena crowd during pre-game introductions. He finished with 13 points.

"I lied before the game when I said this was just another game," said Wilkes. "I really wanted to win this one. It's been circled on my calendar for about a year and a half now. It doesn't feel too good."

The loss was the first in seven games for the often impatient Bears (6-2), who had won six straight at home after losing their opener at Eastern Michigan.

"We got down early and didn't score and ended up taking a lot of poor shots," said Bears coach Ben Braun. "Then, when we did get an easy opportunity, we couldn't connect."

Giles had 17 points and nine rebounds for Kansas, followed by three freshmen -- Rush with 12 points, Julian Wright with 11 and Micah Downs with 10. The Jayhawks outrebounded the Bears 41-32.

Rush got the second-half surge started with a bucket and then made a nifty pass inside to Wright for another basket.

After Rush's three-point play and another Rush-to-Wright bucket, Kansas had a 40-38 lead.

Then Rush canned a 3-pointer and Kansas outscored the Bears 11-0 and was never threatened again.

"I thought we did a good job getting the ball to the paint in the second half," said Self. "We got the ball where we needed it to be."

Giles consistently stymied Powe inside and rarely let him have an easy shot.

"I thought C.J. did a good job the last 35 minutes of the game," Self said. "He was probably a little nervous, but he's a good player. He played great defense on Powe. He blocked five shots but he had to alter seven or eight more. He was a great goalie today."

The mistake-prone Jayhawks had six turnovers and only three points at the 13:03 mark of the first half. But they trailed only 7-3 because the Golden Bears, rarely working hard to get open looks, were not much better.

The free-throw line, where the Bears had outscored their opponents 124-58 while playing six of seven at home, was not nearly as kind on the court where Kansas won the 1988 NCAA championship. Cal was 12-for-17 from the stripe while Kansas was 11-for-14.

"By the time we figured it out," said Powe, "the game was over."

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 56 69
FG Made-Attempted 20-56 (.357) 26-58 (.448)
3P Made-Attempted 4-16 (.250) 6-12 (.500)
FT Made-Attempted 12-17 (.706) 11-14 (.786)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
Largest Lead 9 17

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