If Texas sophomore Sheldon McClellan is watching instead of playing when his team is trying to protect a late lead again, he need not wonder why. By Tom Keegan
Kansas coach Bill Self talks after his team's 64-59 victory over Texas on Jan. 19, 2013.
Kansas players Jeff Withey and Ben McLemore talk after the Jayhawks' 64-59 victory over Texas on Jan. 19, 2013.
Texas coach Rick Barnes talks to reporters following his team's 64-59 loss to Kansas on Jan. 19, 2013.
The Kansas men's basketball team's formula of having a long shooting slump before finishing pretty doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, so it's time to sit back and enjoy the way this team wins, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes. • Box score • KU coach Bill Self postgame audio
There was one, huge positive to be taken from a game in which Kansas trailed by as many as 11 points the second half against Texas: The Jayhawks finished the game well, according to coach Bill Self. By Gary Bedore
The Kansas men's basketball team overcame an 11-point second-half deficit, rallying to take a 64-59 victory over Texas on Saturday afternoon in Austin, Texas.
With KU up 62-59, Texas' Julien Lewis missed a three from the corner with 13 seconds left that would have tied it, and KU's Travis Releford came away with the defensive rebound before he was fouled.
The senior made two free throws with seven seconds left to put the game away for good.
Texas' biggest advantage came at the 15:22 mark of the second half, as Jonathan Holmes put in a jumper to make it 42-31.
KU retook the lead with 4:13 left on a fastbreak dunk by Ben McLemore that made it 54-53.
McLemore led KU with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Jeff Withey added 14 points and nine rebounds, while Releford chipped in 12 points.
KU (16-1) will travel to play at Kansas State at 7 p.m. Tuesday.