Markel Brown scored 28 points and Marcus Smart added 25, as the Oklahoma State men's basketball team snapped Kansas' 18-game winning streak with an 85-80 victory on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Trailing 83-80 with seven seconds left, KU had one last chance to tie, but point guard Elijah Johnson lost the ball on the dribble and turned it over.
OSU led by as many as 14 in the first half before KU stormed back to take the lead early in the second half.
KU led late before turnovers doomed it down the stretch. The Jayhawks finished with 16 turnovers, compared to 13 for the Cowboys.
Ben McLemore led KU with 23 points on 9-for-17 shooting. Kevin Young added 12 points, while Jeff Withey had 11.
KU (19-2, 7-1 Big 12) will play at TCU at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
guys, even if Tharpe starts... EJ is still PG #2. He's a senior and we've invested in him. Highly doubt it will change at this point. I was calling for more Rio early in the season though. I think Tharpe will be our main guy next year, and will be much improved, and we'll see more Rio.
EJ will break out of the funk, for sure. I don't think his explosive moves are coming back, for whatever injury reason, but his decision and shooting will snap back.
On a different note, how about AW3 coming into the game cold and draining that 3? Then the steal...impressive, and unexpected. HEM, myself, and others have said he needs to be getting minutes to allow him the ability to come off the bench and do just that. Surprising that he was able to come in cold with not much game experience and do that. That's at least one positive to take away from the game.
You guys need to remember that EJ is not a true PG. He was an off guard for 3 years and happened to play PG when needed.
1988 was a extremely lucky team. I want to dominate not luck out.
Well.....it sure would have been nice to at least take a shot there at the end.......at least had a chance. Thanks EJ.
EJ, 8 points off 14 shot attempts. All I can do is laugh. Otherwise I might break something. Like bones in my hand.
If KU is going to go far in March, it will need EJ. A much better EJ. That drives to shoot. That makes open shots. That doesn't turn the ball over. An EJ that doesn't avoid contact and gets to the line more often. We need the EJ KU was supposed to get this year.
These are young men, still learning. We just ppd down our leg and thats gonna happen with young men. A loss has been coming for sometime. We will see what kind of team this is now. We can tank or we can come back even better.
I don't think it's just about "snapping Out" of it........If EJ continues to play many minutes.....KU has no chance.
And that was Self's 8th loss at home in 10 years. Man, he sucks.
EJ got abused on the boards too but I'm hoping it snaps him back into non-conference form.
This season is a loss w EJ At point
We will be lucky to win the league with play like this. EJ is not a PG. Bill should play Tharpe. Sad to end the streak at home.
I am a bit "olld school" in that the era of undefeated UCLA or Indiana won't happen again. This may have been the best thing that could have happened to the Jayhawks. The rest of the conference schedule is brutal BUT believe me, the taste in their mouths after not just losing, but losing at Allen Field house will reamain nasty and they DON'T LIKE it, so I expect them to snap out of this funk, still win the Big "however many there are now, maybe 10!) Twelve' for the 9th year in a row and go deep, very deep into the NCAA's, maybe even the NC! But, be assured that HCBS WILL TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM and will use this loss as an imputus for the future. Consistant improvement will be needed at all positions and no one, not even BMac or Releford will be safe from what Self will dream up. Don't worry, all will be good in the long run!
Bring on seldon
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Personally, I don't think our offensive plays are suitable for this lineup. We need more screens and getting Trav, B Mac and Tharpe open
Thorpe looks way better at times
Not just to make a point......just start him. Period
Johnson's mistakes are inexcusable for a senior. He needs to be benched the rest of the year.I think HCBS is the best coach in the country but I am stunned that he allowed Johnson to have the ball in his hands the last few seconds. JOHNSON is the reason for the team's bad play lately. Today he cost us the game!
If you are still backing Elijah Johnson after the terrible season he has had so far, you need to wake up.
There is a lot of people coming out of the woodwork to pile on EJ, but this isn't a knee-jerk reaction. Earlier in the week there were multiple discussions regarding EJ, whether he would get back to the level he played at last year, if he was able to run the point at a high level, etc.
We will be fine. Ok St. played out of their mind.
Tharpe should start next game to make a point.
It's not disgusting at all.......Maybe you watched a different game?
Turn this thing off Jesse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was past time for KU to lose. They should have lost to Iowa St., Texas, and could have easily lost to K. St.
Hopefully EJ wont start so I dont have to hear long EEEEEE intro from whoever does the intros.
Listening to you guys right now is almost uniformly disgusting.
Watching you turn on a player like this.... 19-2 Grow up.
Start Tharpe.....vs TCU. Nothing to lose
Change the lineup Self - give white and tharpe and adams a chance
Well at least they can't storm the court
3-14? 5 turnovers?
Plus this isn't the only bad game he has had all season. He is the worst player we have in the game most of the time.
It is one loss sure, but this one goes back on EJ.
Turnovers, and offensive rebounds. The game turned when OSU missed a free throw, Jeff & Kevin somehow allowed Smart to get the rebound. OSU scores, KY turns it over, OSU misses yet gets another offensive rebound and scores again. Went from being down 1 with a shot at the ball to being down 5 with 1 minute and a half left.
The sky isn't falling -- we'd rather have this loss now then make a run in March. Sucks to break the home streak though :(
I cannot believe that EJ was in the game down the stretch
EJ needs to be benched for the rest of the season. Time for Naadir to start
I think we'll end up 14-4 tied for first. Well win the rest of our home games, beat Baylor and lose the rest.
Everyone's raggin on our O, which admittedly didn't show up, but that guy made how many 3s? Seven? We got beat, give them some credit. They shot the ball better today, and they wanted it more than we did, on both ends, all game.
EJ needs to have a really good game against TCU....
Okie St a good team. First win in Allen since '89.
Big xii isn't going to be handed to Kansas after all. KU still has the toughest part of its conference schedule ahead... Ugh, losing at home BLOWS!
I feel really bad for EJ. He just doesn't look like he feels comfortable in the half court.
They had this one coming but it should've waited till it was a road game. We deserve to fall far in the polls after this debacle at home!!
OSU 15: 13
That tells the tale, plus they closed the gap on our rebounding edge to within one.
I predicted we would win by 10 in the JIE, so I can't take any credit for being right. But I sure had the worst case scenario doped out and exactly how it would unfold.
Ugh, they basically beat us at our own game. And the worst of it is, we lost shooting 45% from trey, so this was no fluke.
They just matched us most every way, and distrupted slightly better and beat us in our own crib; that one hurts, but I don't think its time to pull the emergency cord yet.
Cue the chicken littles over one loss
Sit EJ and we win that game...
I'm done watching this crap.....I'll turn the TV on again in March. Iowa State or OSU now Big 12 champs.
Is there any good reason we didn't give the ball directly to McLemore on the out-of-bounds play?
Another Dolly Madison game, lots of turnovers!
How about some questions from reporters on the effect EJ is having on this team instead of cupcake questions.
Ready... set... overreact everyone!
The most basic job required by a point guard is to be able to think under pressure. EJ just can't perform under pressure situations
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