Two Kansas freshmen got a little older on the road. With Drew Gooden in foul trouble for most of the night, Wayne Simien and Aaron Miles stepped up and turned in performances that would look good on a graduating senior.
Riding a two-game lead over Oklahoma - three games over tonight's foe Texas - Kansas looked to keep some distance between them and the rest of the Big 12 field. The Longhorns made a different argument, however, and carried that argument into overtime.
Holding on to a one-point lead with 86 seconds remaining in regulation, Kansas failed to convert a pair of foul shots before making one. Texas managed to tie the score with just 31.1 left. KU worked the ball up the court, called a time-out and set up their endgame. Two missed shots later and the game went into the extra frame.
Last year's KU-Texas game in Lawrence was the occasion of Roy Williams' jacket-throwing incident. He kept his cool tonight, though the game provided no fewer sparks this year in Austin.
Texas hit the first overtime basket, but Jeff Boschee's pair of three-pointers put Kansas up by more than one possession. KU then played keep-away from the Longhorns and hit enough foul shots to seal the victory.
Drew Gooden paced KU with 28 points - 17 in the second half alone. No fewer than five other Jayhawks reached double figures. Wayne Simien scored a career-high 17 points to go with 10 rebounds. Jeff Boschee knocked in 21 points, Kirk Hinrich scored 14 and Nick Collison added 15 points and 12 boards.
In the battle of freshmen point guards, KU's Aaron Miles scored 10 points with 13 assists, while his Longhorn counterpart, T.J. Ford scored 16 points. Read the Lawrence Journal-World story on the match-up.
Brandon Mouton led Texas with 25 points, but did not score in overtime.
Next up for Kansas is a home game Saturday against Baylor.
See tonight's 6News on Sunflower Cable channel 6, tomorrow's Lawrence Journal-World and KUSports.com, for full coverage of tonight's game.