No. 10 Kansas 75, DePaul 69
Dec. 13, 2000
CHICAGO (AP) _ Nick Collison scored 23 points as No. 10 Kansas rebounded from one of its worst losses with a second-half rally to beat DePaul 75-69 on Tuesday night.
Kansas (8-1) got the victory even though it played short-handed.
Kenny Gregory, the Jayhawks' leading scorer, sat out a second straight game with a stress fracture in his right foot. Luke Axtell was unable to go because of a sprained ankle.
The Jayhawks, blown out by 31 points at Wake Forest last week _ tying for the fourth-worst loss in school history _ rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit Tuesday night when DePaul (4-4) collapsed in the second half after leading scorer Bobby Simmons got in foul trouble.
Drew Gooden added 15 points for the Jayhawks, Kirk Hinrich had 14 and Eric Chenowith 13 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 2:13 left.
Simmons scored 17, but only three in the second half. Imari Sawyer added 14 for DePaul, which shot just 31 percent in the second half when it had 11 turnovers.
Simmons had 14 first-half points, including three 3-pointers, as the Blue Demons built a 42-33 halftime lead.
But after Simmons got his fourth foul with 14:30 left, Kansas went on a game-turning 10-0 run.
DePaul committed three straight turnovers with Kansas scoring after each one to take a 50-49 lead on Hinrich's driving layup.
Collison tipped in a shot and Boschee hit a pair of free throws to cap a run that put the Jayhawks ahead 54-49.
DePaul coach Pat Kennedy was forced to put Simmons back in, and he quickly picked up his fifth foul with 9:19 remaining.
DePaul had six turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the half and went more than nine minutes between baskets.
Kansas is 7-0 against DePaul all-time, including an overtime victory last March in the first round of the NCAA tournament.