TCU Falls At No. 2 Kansas, 93-74
Dec. 9, 2004
By DOUG TUCKER
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Wayne Simien had 20 points and Keith Langford added 17 in No. 2 Kansas' 93-74 victory over TCU on Thursday night.
The Jayhawks (5-0) had five players in double figures against the Horned Frogs and Neil Dougherty, who became one of the few visiting head coaches to get a big ovation in Allen Fieldhouse. Dougherty, a popular assistant for seven years under Roy Williams, got a hand when he was introduced before the game.
A native of nearby Leavenworth, Kan., Dougherty also played a key role in recruiting the Jayhawks' deep and talented senior class - and they all embraced him moments after the game.
Walk-on Christian Moody had career highs with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and teamed with guard J.R. Giddens on the play of the night.
With 5:11 left and the Jayhawks holding a 13-point lead, Moody took the ball under the basket and perfectly fired a blind one-handed pass over his head to Giddens on the wing. Giddens then dropped in a 3-pointer that brought a roar from the sellout crowd and put Kansas on top 77-61.
Chudi Chinweze, TCU's 6-foot-7 junior, landed awkwardly on the floor with 3:08 left and appeared to hurt his left leg. Play was stopped for several minutes while he was helped into the locker room. He finished with 10 points.
Simien also had nine rebounds, leaving him one short of his fifth straight double-double.
Langford, the Jayhawks' best shooter lately, had nine points in the first half but went to the bench with his third foul at the 4:53 mark.
Aaron Miles had 10 points for Kansas and Giddens, after a slow start, had 13.
The Horned Frogs, quicker than any other team Kansas played to date, had a hot hand early and led by as many as four while going for their second victory in 46 tries over a ranked team on the road. But the Jayhawks, led by Simien and Langford, finally got untracked for an 11-0 run and coasted into halftime with a 47-37 lead.
Simien scored four points in the stretch, capped by Langford's long 3-pointer for a 34-27 lead with 5:20 left.
A moment later, Kansas coach Bill Self drew his first technical of the season for arguing a foul against Langford.
Murry sank two free throws for the technical and then two more for the offensive foul on Kansas and sliced the lead to 34-31.