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No. 1 Kansas 90, Texas Tech 50

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Drew Gooden and No. 1 Kansas had no trouble at all against Bob Knight's resurgent Texas Tech.

Gooden had a double-double as Kansas built a 29-point halftime lead en route to beating the Red Raiders 90-50 Saturday in the Big 12 tournament semifinals.

Gooden, the unanimous conference player of the year, finished with 16 points and a tournament-record 21 rebounds, his 21st double-double of the season. Freshman point guard Aaron Miles set a tourney record with 15 assists.

The Jayhawks (29-2) led 83-35 with about 7 minutes left _ their biggest edge _ when coach Roy Williams pulled most of his starters.

It was the biggest margin of defeat for a Knight-coached team since Indiana lost to Michigan 112-64 on Feb. 22, 1998.

Texas Tech (23-8) made only 19 of 70 shots. Andre Emmett and Andy Ellis _ the Red Raiders' leading scorers throughout this turnaround season, Knight's first as their coach _ were a combined 0-of-15 from the field and both went scoreless.

Tech won a total of nine games last season and had just one conference tournament victory in five years before beating Texas A&M and 14th-ranked Oklahoma State this week.

But the Jayhawks' 16th victory in a row made Williams 7-1 for his career against Knight.

Typical of the Jayhawks' dominance was a play midway through the second half. Gooden rebounded a Tech miss and dished off to Miles, who threw a nearly full-court pass to Nick Collison, who dunked it for a 75-30 lead.

A moment later, Kansas' Kirk Hinrich hit an uncontested 3-pointer.

The Jayhawks, the nation's highest-scoring team, seized a 25-9 lead by hitting 11 of their first 14 shots.

Nothing Knight's team tried seemed to work. Hinrich stole an inbounds pass under the Kansas basket and made a nifty bounce pass to Wayne Simien for an uncontested layup and a 27-11 lead.

Then the rout really got started. After Kasib Powell's 12-footer cut the lead to 27-13 with 9:58 left, the Jayhawks went on a 13-0 run and held the Red Raiders scoreless for almost 5 minutes.

Even when Tech did something right, it didn't work. At one juncture, Ellis was entirely free under the basket. But he fumbled the ball, and Gooden scooped it off the floor and tossed it to Kirk Hinrich streaking down court. Fouled on the attempted layup, Hinrich hit both free throws.

A moment later, Simien blocked a Tech shot and Hinrich made one of the Jayhawks' eight 3-pointers.

Hinrich had 17 points for the Jayhawks, while Miles had 15, Collison 14 and Keith Langford 10.

Pawal Storozynski led Tech with 14 points.
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