Monday, February 21, 2005

Kansas falls to Oklahoma, 71-63

Losing streak reaches three games for first time in 11 years


For the first time in 11 years, Kansas University's men's basketball team has lost three games in a row.

Following back-to-back overtime losses to Texas Tech and Iowa State last week, the Jayhawks fell, 71-63, in regulation to the Oklahoma Sooners on Monday in Norman, Okla. The Jayhawks last lost three straight games in February of 1994.

The Jayhawks (20-4 overall, 10-3 Big 12 Conference) outscored the Sooners, 41-34, in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 37-22 halftime lead by OU.

The Sooners held a 15-point lead at intermission thanks to hot shooting. Oklahoma was 18-of-29 shooting in the first half, and hit four of its first five three-point attempts.

Those long-range shots were helpful after Taj Gray left with two early fouls. Kansas couldn't take advantage of his absence, though, continuing to struggle with getting the ball inside a zone defense.

The Jayhawks drew with a point twice in the second half, but the Sooners put the game out of reach by scoring 11 of the next 15 points after KU's second one-point deficit. Kansas couldn't get closer than four points over the final few minutes.

Kaun had two points for KU, Aaron Miles had 14 points, six assists, three steals and six turnovers, and Wayne Simien had 17 points and four rebounds.

Keith Langford had 14 points and two blocks, and Alex Galindo had seven points. J.R. Giddens had nine points and six boards.

Lavender had eight points and three assists for Oklahoma, David Godbold had 15 points, and Taj Gray had six points.

Johnnie Gilbert had 12 points and four rebounds, Kevin Bookout had five points and five boards, and Terrell Everett had 19 points, three rebounds and four assists. Lawrence McKenzie had six points.

Kansas was 23-of-43 from the field, including 3-of-10 from three-point range, and 14-of-18 shooting from the charity stripe. The Jayhawks had 16 turnovers.

Oklahoma was 24-of-51 shooting from the field, including 5-of-15 from long distance, and 18-of-27 shooting from the foul line. The Sooners had 11 turnovers.

All stats are unofficial.

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