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No. 3 Kansas 80, Missouri 70

February 8, 1998

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Paul Pierce scored 29 points and Raef LaFrentz had 22 as third-ranked Kansas turned back Missouri 80-70 Sunday to extend its home winning streak to 58 games.

Missouri, which had beaten Kansas 74-73 in Columbia Jan. 19, lost for the 20th straight time on the road. The Tigers were the last team to win at Missouri.

The win by the Jayhawks (26-3, 10-1 Big 12) a celebration of 100 years of basketball during which about 200 former players and coaches during the game. But Missouri (13-10, 5-5) was not bothered and fought back from large deficits throughout the game.

Missouri was within 66-63 with 3:49 to play on a 3-pointer by John Woods, who led the Tigers with 18 points.

But C.B. McGrath found LaFrentz inside for an easy shot, and then stole the inbounds pass. Pierce scored and Kansas led 70-63 with 3:21 to play.

Kelly Thames had 17 points for the Tigers.

LaFrentz had 10 rebounds to go with his 22 points, but missed his first six field goal attempts of the second half before he scored with 4:48 to play.

LaFrentz had missed the first game in Columbia with a broken finger on his right hand. This time, Missouri was playing without a key player _ Albert White, who had 23 points in the first meeting, sat out after reinjuring his ankle Wednesday against Nebraska.

Kansas led 41-26 at the half and 45-26 after getting the first two baskets of the second half. But Missouri went on a 15-2 run to get within 47-42 on a 3-pointer by Brian Grawer with 15:19 to play.

The Jayhawks led 64-54 but the Tigers were back to within 64-58 with about 5:20 to play on baskets by Jeff Hafer and Monte Hardge.

It was 66-60 with 4:32 to play after two free throws by Grawer.

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