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By Benton Smith --- firstname.lastname@example.org ---
For the first time this season, a Big 12 team beat Kansas University's men's basketball team.
No. 25 Texas stopped a seven-game Jayhawks winning streak, while extending its win streak to six in an 81-69 Longhorns win at Frank Erwin Center.
UT's size gave Kansas (16-5 overall, 7-1 Big 12) fits all afternoon. The Longhorns (17-4, 6-2) held KU to 38.5-percent shooting, and Texas out-rebounded KU, 44-37.
Though freshman guard Wayne Selden scored 21 points for Kansas, he didn't get much help in the loss. Sophomore forward Perry Ellis was the only other Jayhawk to reach double figures, with 11 points.
Meanwhile, Texas freshman guard Isaiah Taylor scored 23 and junior forward Jonathan Holmes added 22 for the Longhorns, who hit 24 of their 56 shots and scored 30 points at the free-throw line on 45 attempts.
The Longhorns' defense forced KU into difficult shots throughout the first half, and the Jayhawks never discovered a way to create some offensive rhythm in the first 20 minutes, falling behind 38-23 by halftime. The stretch set the tone for the game, and the Jayhawks never recovered.
Kansas shot 8 for 31 (25.8 percent) in the first half, while Texas out-rebounded KU 23-17 and got to the foul line, where the Longhorns went 10 for 14, compared to KU's 6 for 6.
Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:
• The game turned when: Holmes blocked a Frank Mason three, controlled the rebound and took it down the floor toward the rim. KU freshman guard Brannen Greene fouled Holmes, but Mason got whistled for a technical foul for dead-ball contact, too. Holmes hit 3 of 4 at the foul line with 1:18 to go for a 38-27 lead.
• Offensive highlight: Selden's assertive play in the second half. The freshman guard was the only KU player who could create offense. He finished the game with 8-for-16 shooting and went 2-for-6 from three-point land.
• Defensive highlight: Freshman center Joel Embiid blocked two shots, but they hardly mattered for the Jayhawks in this one.
• Key stat: Speaking of blocks… Texas denied 12 KU shot attempts. Centers Prince Ibeh and Cameron Ridley swatted four apiece, while Holmes blocked three. When the Longhorns weren't blocking shots, they were altering them. It made for a long afternoon for KU.
• Up next: The Jayhawks play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Baylor, which won at Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon.