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MEN'S ROUNDUP Kansas claws back for OT victory over Georgia Tech



Published: Sat, January 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Brent Lawson scored 19 as Minnesota beat Coppin State.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Keith Langford's twisting shot with three seconds remaining in overtime capped a comeback from a 16-point deficit and lifted second-ranked Kansas to a 70-68 victory over No. 9 Georgia Tech on Saturday.

It was a physical, fast-paced rematch of a regional final in the 2004 NCAA tournament -- the Yellow Jackets won that one in overtime en route to the national championship game.

This time, Kansas (9-0) shot poorly in the first half, fell behind by double digits early, and did not take its first lead until the extra period. Langford had a hand in that, too, stealing the ball to set up Alex Galindo's basket that gave the hosts a 66-65 edge with 1:38 left in OT.

Then, with the capacity crowd at Allen Fieldhouse screaming, Langford put a spin move on defender Mario West and launched the game-winner.

Langford, who had only two points by halftime, led the Jayhawks with 18, while J.R. Giddens had 16 and Aaron Miles finished with 14 in his 116th straight start at point guard. Miles had eight assists, giving him 808 for his career to break the school record of 804 set by Jacque Vaughn in 1993-97.

The Jayhawks were without injured power forward Wayne Simien, their leading scorer and rebounder. It was Kansas' second game since he was sidelined for at least a month with a thumb injury.

Georgia Tech guard B.J. Elder, pacing the Yellow Jackets with more than 15 points a game despite a recent shooting slump, went to the bench midway through the first half with what appeared to be a leg problem. He did not return.

Jarrett Jack led the way for Georgia Tech (9-2) with 26 points.

Minnesota 79, Coppin State 58

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brent Lawson tied a career high with 19 points to lead Minnesota to an easy win.

Lawson went 5-for-6 from 3-point range in helping the Gophers to their seventh straight win, the team's longest winning streak since taking eight in a row early in the 2000-01 season.

Minnesota (9-3) was 12-23 from beyond the arc, the most 3-pointers they've made in a game this season.

Vincent Grier added 16 points, 10 coming in a pivotal 21-4 spurt that broke open a close game. Aaron Robinson came off the bench to score 11 and Dan Coleman added 10 for the Gophers

Nicholas King had 12 points and Henry Colter 10 for Coppin State (2-10), which dropped its fifth straight, and fell to 0-10 against Big Ten teams.




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