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Kansas 82, Colgate 68

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DAYTON, March 16 -- Billy Thomas scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half Thursday as top-seeded Kansas used an early run to take control in an 82-68 win over Colgate in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Regional. Kansas erased an 8-6 Colgate lead and went up by nine with an 11-0 run that ended at 10:42 of the first half.

The Jayhawks never trailed after that. Thomas came off the bench to make four of five shots in the first half, including three of four three-point attempts. The Jayhawks (23-8) will face the winner of the Western Kentucky- Michigan game Saturday in the tournament's second round. Colgate (24-6), the 16th seed, got 16 points and 13 rebounds from freshman Adonal Foyle in its first trip to the NCAA Tournament. Tucker Neale led Colgate with 25 points. A jumper by Foyle brought Colgate within 17-13 with 9:19 left in the first half, but Kansas built a 36-18 lead by scoring 19 of the next 24 points, including eight by Thomas on a pair of three-pointers and two free throws. Colgate trailed by 12 points at halftime, but crawled within four with 15:05 left in regulation on a three-pointer by Malik Cupid. But Kansas followed with a 14-4 run to take a 64-50 lead with 7:15 left and coasted to a 14-point victory. Scot Pollard had 13 points and seven rebounds while Raef LaFrentz had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks. Jacque Vaughn scored 11 points and Jerod Haase added 10 for Kansas. Mike Roberts had 12 points for Colgate, which scored the first six points of the game.

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