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Kansas defeats Oklahoma, 85-78

  • 8 p.m., Jan. 19, 2015
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Jayhawks hold off Oklahoma rally

By Matt Tait ---- mtait@ljworld.com

One monster half by each team provided the opportunity for a wild finish and the Kansas University men's basketball team, which dominated in the first half, made more plays than Oklahoma down the stretch and came away with a 85-78 victory at Allen Fieldhouse.

The victory featured 10 KU three-pointers and the Jayhawks coming back from a four-point deficit in the final four minutes after holding a 19-point lead at halftime.

At one point during the later portion of the first half, the Sooners trimmed KU's lead to 13 — 41-28 — and forced KU coach Bill Self to call a timeout. But the Jayhawks responded with a 10-4 run to close the final 4:40 of the first half and led 51-32 at the break.

Not discouraged by KU's hot shooting in the first half, the Sooners came out with a vengeance in the second and displayed some hot shooting of their own, first trimming the KU lead to 4 in just seven minutes and then taking their first lead of the game at 59-58 on a free throw from Buddy Hield.

That set the stage for a wild final 10 minutes, which no one would have expected to see after the way Kansas (15-3 overall, 4-1 Big 12) played in the first half.

Kelly Oubre Jr. led KU with 19 points and 9 rebounds, while Perry Ellis added 16 points and 8 boards and Cliff Alexander, after playing just two minutes in the second half on Saturday at Iowa State, responded to his coach's questions about his “motor” with a monster double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds in 23 minutes.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: OU opened the second half with a 9-0 run that turned into a 27-7 run, which erased KU's 19-point halftime lead.

• Offensive highlight: It was not just one moment, rather a stretch of eight consecutive made three-pointers to open the game for the home team. Five different Jayhawks got into the act that put KU one made three-pointer shy of tying a school record for most consecutive three-point makes. Brannen Greene, Oubre and Devonte' Graham each made two triples, with Frank Mason III and Ellis chipping in one apiece. Graham's second, the eighth in the sequence, came from the top of the key, bounced off the back of the rim eight feet into the air and then fell through, barely moving the net. Graham was the one who ended the streak with a miss from the left corner, but KU still finished 9-of-12 for the half and 10-of-19 for the game.

• Defensive highlight: KU's toughness down the stretch certainly counts. After going down 69-65 inside the final five minutes, KU forced OU misses on five of seven possessions and built a six-point lead of its own.

• Key stat: Bench scoring. OU got next to nothing from its bench, as the Jayhawks, led by Greene, outscored the Sooners 31-7 in bench points. Greene (12 points, 3-of-4 three-point shooting) had played just eight minutes — combined — in the past two games.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will head back out on the road for a tough test at Texas at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be shown on CBS. 

Box score

Join the post game discussion

Micky Baker in reply to Bryce Landon

That's kind of my point. When they were freshman and sophomores, it wasn't gold. Once they got the experience, we had what may be the best come back in college basketball being down by 9 with 2 minutes left to play and then dominate the OT period. Experience does wonders. This game gives the kids some experience.

Rodney Crain

Thanks Benton! See ya on here for the TX game.

Bryce Landon in reply to Micky Baker

We had a rough 1/2 a season with those guys. We started off 10-6 in 2005-06, but finished 15-2 the rest of the way and then went 33-5 the next season. Hardly what I would call "a couple rough seasons". And of course, we all know what they did in 2007-08...:)

Marcus Balzer

The laws of statistics said we couldn't keep up our shooting percentage. OU is good so you knew that a run was going to happen. Now down 20 to winning by 3 obviously should never happen but you are going to naturally lose a bit of an edge with a 20 pt lead. We took some good punches in the second half from OU but when we needed stops we got them in crunch time.

Rolland Remmert in reply to Tdscpa

one report said he was only 275

Bwag

Hey ESPN, dont care about Rose and Chicago

Tdscpa in reply to Rolland Remmert

Search a little deeper. I've seen reports that totally debunk that story.

Micky Baker

On a more positive note, we've scored in the 80's two games in a row, so we can put up some points. We should have scored in the 90's tonight though.

Micky Baker in reply to Marcus Balzer

They guys grew up a little more in this game for sure. They spent a lot of energy in the first half and was the best half of the year so far. We carry that over to 40 minutes in a game and watch out.

Rolland Remmert

a little off the game but just picked up the story that Embiid has ballooned to 300 lbs and wont be able to start working out till April at best

Micky Baker

In any other yea, when we have a young team like this the fans would be a little more objective in my opinion. When we had Rush, Chalmers, etc, we had a couple of rough years with them. Self needs to lobby hard to get Alexander, Oubre, and Selden to stay another year which will probably also help with recruiting if they do stay.

Rodney Crain

Lets take care of business in TX and we will be in the drivers seat with 2 tough road games out of the way and only 1 loss!

Bwag in reply to Marcus Balzer

Though would like to see us walk away with a few of these

Bwag in reply to Marcus Balzer

yep

Marcus Balzer

I like the fact that when faced with A LOT of adversity we didn't fold.

Bwag

Cavaliers barely above 500...SFU ESPN

Micky Baker in reply to Matt Lacey

We've got a young a team that just came off a loss and finished the game strong(last five minutes). They dug down and got it done.

Rodney Crain in reply to Arthur Ankeney

He won't, we shot 69% that was a hot shooting half. It was the way we played defense that he will be concerned about.

Matt Lacey in reply to Marcus Balzer

And don't bench Oubre for long stints. Sheesh that was weird.

Micky Baker in reply to Arthur Ankeney

Maybe Self was giving him a chance to watch a little from the bench to learn a little.

With that said, if we take that first half and play like for an entire game, no way we lose.

Marcus Balzer

What did we learn tonight...the majority of minutes should go to BG and and Cliff.

Lawkan

G town pounding Nova. RPI just keeps getting better.

Arthur Ankeney in reply to Rodney Crain

If he talks about the first half he might

Rodney Crain

Welcome Back students!!!

Marcus Balzer

4

Matt Lacey

This is not going to be a fun year. 2012 was a fun year. So many cardiac games, so much overachieving. This isn't overachieving.

Rick McGowwan

wow, man, this team is so fun to watch and SO, SO, SO infuriating. A fun ride every night.

FINAL
Oklahoma 78
Kansas 85

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bwag

Whew is right. Closer than it needed to be. What was the line?

Rodney Crain

Its a W but not sure Coach is going to have too many positives on this one.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Sooners miss last 6 shots and 7 of last 8. Comeback attempt falls short. KU wins 85-78.

Coldcoffee

Whew!

Don Burgundy

KUBBALL taking 5 years off of my life, with each blown lead and comeback

Bwag in reply to Matt Lacey

Don't disagree...but can't tell if Mason's back hand was in there, and in absence of video proof, call stands.

Bryce Landon

Oubre makes'em both!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Oubre's 9th rebound of the night allows him to get fouled with :14 to play. Freshman hits both. KU up 85-78.

Justin Daniel

Oubre is a beast

Coldcoffee

Hit them FTs Oubre.

Crimsonorblue22

Make these

Matt Lacey in reply to Bwag

Are you looking at the same video? OU player just lost it.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Another inconclusive replay gives OU the ball back.

Arthur Ankeney in reply to Lawkan

This game was about the highly-touted freshmen. Alexander and Oubre both played great. Still not sure why Oubre sat so long here in the second half.

Bwag in reply to Matt Lacey

Awefully blurry...in that case OU

Dale Koch

Fran wants on to win so bad

Lawkan

it has been a few games since Greene has been on the line.

Matt Lacey

There wasn't a KU body part within three feet of that ball.

Marcus Balzer

OU ball

Arthur Ankeney

I like the half show by Selden on that play. Stuck with his man on the 3 point line.

Don Burgundy

The curse of the Musburger, Greene misses a FT

Matt Lacey

That wasn't even close. I'm laughing uncontrollably now,

Bwag in reply to Arthur Ankeney

Believe so

Bwag

Go to the damn video

Coldcoffee

Come on D ... let's close this out.

Matt Lacey

Good call on that out of bounds Benton?

Crimsonorblue22

Look at it

00:21 left in Second Half
Oklahoma 78
Kansas 83

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Arthur Ankeney in reply to Lawkan

Greene's first FT miss of the year?

Lawkan in reply to Bigbri

thats not the point. It would be our ball out of bounds.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU gets the ball to Greene, its best FT shooter, with 27.8 seconds left and he misses his first of the season. Hits 2nd. KU up 83-78.

Bryce Landon

Brannen goes 1/2 at the line.

Bwag

okay, these count

Rick McGowwan in reply to Lawkan

it's ruled incidental if he had kciked it, but they said he didn't make contact.

Bigbri in reply to Lawkan

Its a 35 second shot clock in college and there is 31 seconds left

Bryce Landon

Gotta make these FTs, Brannen.

Marcus Balzer

Gonna become a FT contest now.

Arthur Ankeney

Alright let's get the ball in Greene's hand here.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Hield draws a foul on Oubre off the dribble. Shoots 2 with 28.7 seconds left. Hits both. OU down 82-78.

Coldcoffee

Another foul on Oubre ... that's following coach's instructions pretty well.

Micky Baker in reply to Matt Lacey

No.

Lawkan

shouldn't it be a kicked ball and reset the shot clock?

Crimsonorblue22

Damn oubre

Matt Lacey in reply to Micky Baker

But did it touch BG's hand after?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Bwag

You were right. OU ball. 0:31 left. KU up 82-76.

Jhawki78

Ok my mistake he should not have been dribbling around just hold the ball!

Bigbri

Longer it takes the more likely it is to stick with the original call

Matt Lacey

Well, assuming this turns out well, it most resembles UNC 2008. Three games in one.

Micky Baker in reply to Bwag

The ball changed directions off OU's foot. It looks conclusive to me.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Should be KU ball after refs take a closer look at the replay.

Bwag in reply to Micky Baker

Not sure video will be conclusive

Don Burgundy

Obviously off OU

Arthur Ankeney

All he had to do was hold the ball and get fouled. We know he can shoot FT's.

Steve Hillyer

I would give it to OU just due to the fact it was a stupid play by Greene!

Matt Lacey

It definitely hit his foot. Question is if it hit BG's hand after.

Marcus Balzer

I think that is off BG.

Bwag

Greene needed to hold that and not try and dribble. Get fouled and keep his FT % as $

Micky Baker

Gonna be overturned. Went off OU's foot.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Arthur Ankeney

Looks off ou

Coldcoffee

I think it was a kick. please. please

00:29 left in Second Half
Oklahoma 76
Kansas 82

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Crimsonorblue22

Greene!!

Arthur Ankeney

And...Greene gives the ball back to OU...

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Mason makes 1 of 2 at foul line. KU up 82-76. 0:29 left.

Rodney Crain in reply to Micky Baker

not the way they shoot the 3

Rick McGowwan in reply to Matt Lacey

MVP of the league, but not on his team? I wonder if that's happened before. He could get consideration, because I doubt Mason does.

Bwag

81 2 games in a row

Bwag

mason playing on the edge of physical endurance...????

Matt Lacey

KO could make a case for B12 POY if he keeps this up.

Micky Baker

Mason sinks both of these, ball game.

Rodney Crain

Carry them crowd

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Hield hits both FTs. ... Oubre gets a drive/layup on other end....0:41.9 left. KU up 81-76...Mason going to foul line.

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