December 22, 2005
With the 85-62 loss, Northern Colorado falls to 0-14 on the season, while Kansas improves to 6-4.
The meeting was the first in the all-time series. Northern Colorado is now 20-32 all-time against teams from the Big 12 Conference.
For the first time this season, the Bears used a lineup of Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos, Sean Taibi, Dwayne Birden, Cory Lowe and Kirk Archibeque. The lineup is the seventh of the year used by the team.
Kansas got off to the hot start, hitting 6-of-7 (85.7%) shots to begin the game, while the Bears struggled, missing their first five attempts. Kansas built a 14-0 lead before Northern Colorado scored, doing so at the 114-0 lead before Northern Colorado scored, doing so at the 15:26 mark on a 3-pointer by Darren Jefferies.
After finally scratching, the Bears were able to pull to within seven points, 19-12, on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Kirk Archibeque. Kansas continued its hot shooting and finished the half strong, scoring 10 of the final 14 points to lead 40-23. The 17-point lead was KU's largest of the half.
KU shot 53.8% (14-of-26) in the first half, while the Bears managed only 25.0% (7-of-28). Kansas also hit 6-of-12 from 3-point range. Each team committed 10 turnovers.
Kansas opened the second half with an 11-2 run to grab a 51-25 lead before the first media timeout of the half. The Jayhawks would lead by as many as 33 in the second half on their way to the victory.
KU shot 55.2% from the field, a season-high by a UNC opponent. The previous high had been 51.9% by Oral Roberts on Dec. 11.
Jefferies, who attended junior college at Allen County Community College in Iola, Kan., scored a career-high 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 from 3-point range).
Lowe had a career-high seven rebounds.
Taibi hit a pair of 3-pointers, extending his streak of hitting a 3-pointer in every game this season. He now has 35 trifectas on the season.
Junior Matt Kline scored a team-high 14 points, pushing his career scoring total above the 600-point plateau (611). He scored his 600th career point on a 3-pointer midway through the first half.
Archibeque scored 11 points, marking his 11th double-figure scoring output of the season.
The Bears played in front of a crowd of 16,300, the sixth largest crowd to ever watch a Northern Colorado basketball game.
Northern Colorado is now off until Dec. 30, when they will host Eastern Michigan at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. The Friday game starts with a unique tip-time of 1 p.m.
Kansas Post Game Notes
Dec. 22, 2005