KU, Ga. Tech to meet in final

Saturday, March 27, 2004

ST. LOUIS -- Wayne Simien, Aaron Miles and Kansas put Alabama-Birmingham through its own version of "40 Minutes of Hell."

Simien had 30 points, nine rebounds and five assists and the Jayhawks had few problems handling UAB's frenetic defense Friday night, moving a step closer to their third straight Final Four with a 100-74 victory in the St. Louis Regional semifinals.

Fourth-seeded Kansas (24-8) advanced to play Georiga Tech (26-9) for a trip to San Antonio. The regional final will be played Sunday.

"When they got us down, they kept us down," UAB's Gabe Kennedy said. "They just stepped on our throat and wouldn't let up."

Freshman J.R. Giddens had 18 points and Jeff Graves added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Georgia Tech 72, Nevada 67Georgia Tech is so good it didn't even need its leading scorer to reach the regional finals.

Marvin Lewis had 23 points and Will Bynum made a huge layup with 65 seconds left to give the Yellow Jackets the victory over Nevada.

The third-seeded Yellow Jackets (26-9) are in the regional finals for just the third time in school history and the first time since 1990.

Georgia Tech was forced to play without B.J. Elder, who is averaging 16.2 points. He sprained his right ankle less than two minutes into the game when Kirk Snyder landed on it.

The Wolf Pack led by as much as eight in the first half. But they cooled off in the second and Georgia Tech's stingy defense finally kicked in.

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