Originally published February 4, 2008 at 05:25p.m., updated February 4, 2008 at 10:10p.m.

KU sweeps season series from Mizzou, slashing Tigers 90-71


Jayhawks sweep border showdown

The KU men's basketball team took both games against the Missouri Tigers this year with their win Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Final, KU wins 90-71

Two weeks separated the two KU-MU meetings this season, but time didn't heal Missouri's wounds from meeting No. 1.

Behind 19 points from Brandon Rush - including three deep balls - and 15 from Mario Chalmers, the Jayhawks won their second game in three days, knocking off the Tigers 90-71.

Missouri was able to score inside for much of the night, but an 0-for-10 showing from three-point range wasn't an improvement at all from the team's 5-of-28 showing in Columbia on Jan. 19. Matt Lawrence, who scored 19 points in Lawrence a year ago, was 0-for-5 from deep.

Darrell Arthur spent much of the night on the bench in foul trouble for KU, but Sasha Kaun and Cole Aldrich provided quality minutes, combining for 18 points and 13 rebounds. Arthur, who played just two minutes in the first half, scored 11 points quickly upon entering the game early in the second stanza.

The Jayhawks (22-1 overall, 7-1 Big 12), having now completed a three-game stretch in six days, are off until Saturday, when they'll take on Baylor at 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse before another quick turnaround, traveling to Austin to take on Texas next Monday at 8 p.m.

7:12, second half, KU leads 72-56

Keon Lawrence again responded to Darrell Arthur free throws with a bucket, and he rattled home another two on a short jumper moments later to give him a game-high 19 points.

KU's inside presence, though, continued to be too much for the MU bigs. Darrell Arthur, coming in off the bench after sitting most of the night with three fouls, scored nine quick points. Then, Sasha Kaun scored a three-point play following his own miss before sitting with four fouls.

Brandon Rush added two in transition after that, giving him a team-high 14 points with KU pulling away late in the second half.

11:30, second half, KU leads 62-47

Leo Lyons slashed to the rim out of the timeout, continuing to go against suspect KU defense under the rim. Brandon Rush pushed his point total to 12 on the other end with a 10-foot pull-up jumper. J.T. Tiller hit a free throw to keep MU within range, and Keon Lawrence's transition layup pulled MU within 11 points of KU.

Darrell Arthur then came off the bench for the Jayhawks and started to go to work. WIth just two points in two minutes of play to that point, Arthur hit a free throw line jumper, then tipped in his own miss to push KU back ahead by 15, forcing Mike Anderson into a timeout call.

A Missouri travel call following a KU turnover sent the game into a full break with the Jayhawks still owning a 15-point lead.

15:59, second half, KU leads 56-42

Keon Lawrence scored the first points of the second half, and DeMarre Carroll hit one of two free throws to make it a single-digit KU lead after getting hacked by Darnell Jackson.

Russell Robinson responded with a three, and Mario Chalmers hit a pair of free throws to push it to a 14-point lead. J.T. Tiller scored two in response inside, but Russell Robinson returned the favor with a slashing two through the lane. Keon Lawrence then had a two-pointer responded to with a pair of Cole Aldrich free throws - to go with his nine rebounds - and a Darnell Jackson dunk heading into the first full break of the half.

Halftime, KU leads 45-33

Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers made up for two Leo Lyons buckets out of the timeout, to keep it a 10-point game, and Sherron Collins pushed the lead back to 12 with an up-and-under layup.

Sherron Collins then answered a Leo Lyons free throw with his first three-pointer of the game, giving him seven points and KU its biggest lead yet at 14 points.

Keon Lawrence spun in two in MU's final possession of the first half, giving him a game-high 13 points going into the break. After Collins had a layup attempt swiped out of bounds, Darnell Jackson couldn't convert, keeping KU up 45-33 at halftime.

The difference in the first half was KU owning the boards, taking a 21-12 lead into the break on the glass against a feisty MU group. Brandon Rush, paced by a pair of three-pointers, led KU with 10. Sherron Collins and Mario Chalmers each scored seven, while Sasha Kaun was big with nine points, as Darrell Arthur sat most of the first half with three fouls.

3:49, first half, KU leads 36-26

Mario Chalmers missed the front end of a one-and-one out of the timeout, but Cole Aldrich corralled the board and got himself to the line, sinking two and pushing the Jayhawk lead to 10 points.

Brandon Rush then took down the board off another Butterfield miss, and Darnell Jackson swished a jumper on the baseline, giving KU its biggest lead yet at 12.

From there, there was a short series of blown offensive opportunities on both ends before J.T. Tiller finished a Keon Lawrence lob off the glass for MU. Brandon Rush responded with his second three-pointer of the game from his favorite spot - the left corner - to give him eight points on the night.

Leo Lyons went to the line after getting fouled, despite a nifty save attempt from Darnell Jackson earlier in the defensive stand, and hit one of two. Following a pair of Sherron Collins misses, DeMarre Carroll scored two more in transition for MU, forcing Bill Self to call a 30-second timeout with KU up 36-26.

7:29, first half, KU leads 29-21

Sherron Collins scored two on the break to push KU's lead to eight points out of the break after Matt Lawrence three miss, but MU's Keon Lawrence, off a Tiger steal, scored his 10th and 11th points of the night. Sasha Kaun came back to score two inside, giving him a team-high nine points since coming in at the 17:27 mark.

Sasha Kaun took a breather after scoring his fourth bucket of the game, but Cole Aldrich was quickly subbed in for Sasha's replacement - Darrell Arthur - after the sophomore was blown for his third foul of the half. Aldrich quickly scored in response to a DeMarre Carroll bucket.

Darryl Butterfield, in for the first time since his suspension was lifted, missed a jumper on his first possession of the game, and J.T. Tiller was called for a foul on the other end, leading to another media timeout with KU ahead by eight.

11:51, first half, KU leads 23-17

J.T. Tiller knifed the lane and scored two off the glass out of the timeout, tying it again, 11-11.

The Jayhawks were struggling to get a shot off on the next possession, forcing Darnell Jackson to shoot a three with the shot clock winding down. It missed long, but Sasha Kaun tipped it in. Keon Lawrence tied it again for MU, 13-13.

Mario Chalmers came back to score his first points of the game, hitting a three from the right wing, DeMarre Carroll then punched two on the board by flipping a bucket off the glass.

Mario Chalmers tried for a highlight by soaring in for a one-handed slam attempt. He was fouled and hit two free throws to push the Jayhawks' lead back to three points.

Keon Lawrence continued to assert himself offensively, stepping back off a crossover move and stroking his fourth bucket of the game from straight away. Brandon Rush had a pass go off his hands on the other end, giving MU the ball back down one.

Leo Lyons, in the game for the first time, couldn't put MU ahead, and Russell Robinson came back to hit a long two for the Jayhawks - his first points of the night.

The KU lead ballooned to five after the Jayhawks tipped a Robinson three miss around the iron for a series of caroms before Sasha Kaun grabbed it and dropped it in while drawing contact, setting the senior big man into a frenzy of celebration. His free throw gave him seven points and KU its biggest lead yet at six points.

An MU turnover underneath sent the game into a full break at the 11:51 mark.

15:55, first half, KU leads 11-9

MU controlled the game's opening tip and J.T. Tiller went right to the rack on Mario Chalmers. His shot was too high and a foul on Vaidotas Volkus sent the ball with the Jayhawks.

After a pass from Russell Robinson, Brandon Rush uncorked a three from straight away to start things off, putting KU ahead 3-0. Missouri then tunred it over, and Rush drove down the wing, feeding Darrell Arthur for a soaring slam and a 5-0 lead. Arthur was then whistled for a blocking foul on the other end. The infraction came while Keon Lawrence soared in for a layup. Lawrence hit the charity to make it a 5-3 game.

Brandon Rush answered back with a fake on a three, then stepped inside the arc slightly and hit from 18 feet. Volkus came back with a 17-footer of his won. A Darrell Arthur miss gave MU the ball, down 7-5.

DeMarre Carroll was first blocked by Arthur, then Arthur was called for his second foul at the 17:27 mark while Volkus was hoisting a two from the baseline. It sent Volkus to the line - where he hit two to tie it up - and put Arthur on the bench.

Darnell Jackson gave the lead back to KU after taking a feed from Mario Chalmers up for two off the glass. Sasha Kaun was called for KU's third team foul on the other end, hacking Carroll on his way to the iron. He hit two free throws to tie it up again. Kaun scored his first two points on the other end on accident, tipping in a lob toss that was too high from Chalmers. Brandon Rush tried to extend the lead with a three but couldn't hit. He grabbed a defensive board moments later off a Carroll miss.


Still without leading scorer Stefhon Hannah and fellow seniors Jason Horton and Darryl Butterfield, Missouri comes into Allen Fieldhouse tonight with an unexpected boost, having knocked off Kansas State 77-74 Saturday in Columbia.

Going to Allen Fieldhouse shorthanded, though, in this rivalry is another story. The Kansas University men's basketball team (21-1 overall, 6-1 Big 12) welcomes Mizzou (13-9, 2-4) to Lawrence for an 8 p.m. tip on ESPN (Sunflower channels 33, 233 HD). The two already met once this year, with KU taking home a 76-70 win on Jan. 19 in a foul-marred contest across the border.

The Tigers are still without Hannah, Horton and Butterfield due to suspensions stemming from a brawl at a Columbia night club. Hannah is also out recovering from a broken jaw suffered that night. The Tigers reinstated Leo Lyons and Marshall Brown for the game against K-State. Lyons was huge, scoring 13 much-needed points off the bench. The star of the night, though, was sophomore J.T. Tiller. In a rare starting assignment, Tiller scored 20 points in 35 minutes on 7-of-13 shooting against the Wildcats.

While MU took care of business at home, KU did so on the road Saturday, bouncing back from last Wednesday's 84-75 loss to K-State in Bramlage by beating Colorado 72-59 in Boulder. After a 30-minute struggle, KU erupted late against the Buffs, including a highlight-filled 12-1 run after leading 55-50 late in the contest. The win, coupled with KSU's loss, sprung the Jayhawks back into first place in the Big 12 standings, a half-game ahead of the 'Cats.


kcmostwanted 12 years, 2 months ago

about Knight... i respect him for his amazing resume but at the same time i'm quite disappointed and loose lots of respect for him for leaving the game in this manner. He always talks about playing hard and finishing but he didn't even finish the season...But much love to him and best of luck to whatever he does...

As for the team.. seems like they've lost something.. they need to have that swagger they had earlier this year.. I guess that could be a good thing knowing that we still have potential to peak

Mike Blur 12 years, 2 months ago

jaybate says: "Let me go over this again...

KU beats MU KSU beats KU MU beats KSU KU beats MU

It looks like we are not finding out which is the best team this time of year as much as we are finding out which team is having a temporary high. Tis the season to be up and down."

Let me show you how illogical your argument is, jaybate. What is the one difference in the four games you cite. Let me show you the difference.

KU beats MU...ON THE ROAD. KSU beats KU...AT HOME. MU beats KSU...AT HOME. KU beats MU...AT HOME.

I don't know how long you've been watching B12/B8 basketball, jaybate, but in conference, home teams usually win 75-80 percent of the time.

In 40 Big 12 BB games so far this season, the visitor has won only 9 times. Baylor, Nebraska, Texas A&M, and Mizzou have all won on the road once; K-State twice, and Kansas 3 times.

I'd say that the four games you cite is proof that Kansas has the clear edge over KSU, MU, and pretty much every other team in the B12 right now.

Debbie Mangen 12 years, 2 months ago

I know this is only for game comments, but is there anyone out there who can guide me to a website with schedules and rosters of the KU teams in the past 15yrs. I'm really interested in the era of Boschee, Padgett, Gooden and Chenowith. I got the ones from KU Athletics but they only go back 4 yrs.


NH_JHawk 12 years, 2 months ago

na na na na hey hey hey goodbye (Bob Knight)

William Cormode 12 years, 2 months ago

That has to be the worst picture I have ever seen on an organizations website. You can see the photogs fingers and it is grainy.

12 years, 2 months ago

Someone tell Louisville and Marquette to quit fouling.

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

The picture at the begining of the article of Sasha.

Debbie Mangen 12 years, 2 months ago

Hightower and Ted Hillary from the K-State game.

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

I love Chalmers new aggressiveness! Take it to the RIM!

mom_of_three 12 years, 2 months ago

How are refs selected for the games??Anyone know?

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

Kaun is HUGE tonight!!!! Best player so far.

kc_wildfire 12 years, 2 months ago

Seniors aren't supposed to commit turnovers like that!

12 years, 2 months ago

It would have been nice to see how Arthur picked up his 3rd foul instead of seeing Nolan Richardson in his MU gear.

NH_JHawk 12 years, 2 months ago

It would be nicer if Arthur played smarter and stopped getting in early foul trouble. He's got a 3 game streak going...

kc_wildfire 12 years, 2 months ago

Maybe taking Arthur out of the starting lineup, inserting Kaun in his place, would give him a little motivational "kick in the butt" to play more like he his capable of.

kc_wildfire 12 years, 2 months ago

Sherron needs to learn the meaning of the word control.

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for the T.O. Bill, Collins needs a breather after all those turnovers.

JNgohawks 12 years, 2 months ago

I agree kc, Kaun has been far more agressive, Cole should be seeing a lot more playing time as well, he will be a cornerstone to our team

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

Mario can play volleyball too! What a spike!

Joshua Hann 12 years, 2 months ago

Exactly. Anyone else think Collins is playing terrible so far?

Joshua Hann 12 years, 2 months ago

He is starting to bring it back around.

I know this is way of subject, but did anyone else think they saw Perkins sitting in front of Peyton Manning last night at the Super Bowl?

NH_JHawk 12 years, 2 months ago


did you read the KUSports page today?

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

Come on Royaljayhawk??? There is no way that was Lew ;0 Enough of that non-sense... We just have to get used to Collins turnovers to start the game, so he can really shine right after that.

Joshua Hann 12 years, 2 months ago

No, I didn't read the page today. I'm sorry that I've been so sick that I couldn't even get out of bed, let alone go to the doctor so obviously you men are all better than me. Come on, get real!

Joe Ross 12 years, 2 months ago

Ed Hightower gives Mizzou more points...

kc_wildfire 12 years, 2 months ago

Wow! I don't complain about officiating too often but that looked like a clean block by Jackson.

Joshua Hann 12 years, 2 months ago

Thanks txrockchalk. They are the only reason I got out of bed today. My girlfriend even tried and couldn't. The Jayhawks have quite a pull on me I guess. Awesome. And what is up with Hightower? He is everywhere!

Joshua Hann 12 years, 2 months ago

Aldrich can make free throws. He is the future, lol.

12 years, 2 months ago

You got it, Royal. No one can question your fanhood :)

What's funny in an ironic way is I hear OU fans say that Hightower is one of the reasons we beat them in the big game in '88.

Joshua Hann 12 years, 2 months ago

Ok fella's, I'm calling it now. Fork! That way I can go to bed. Everyone enjoy the rest of the game. I'm all drugged up!

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

Sorry Royaljhawk... Get well soon. Don't worry about the officiating. They know their at AFH, and will make bad calls on both ends of the court.

c0bra 12 years, 2 months ago

Anyone have a working stream? Both 610 and KLWN don't seem to be working.

Dan Harris 12 years, 2 months ago

Someone needs to tell Hightower to go get a room at the oldfolks home. He is TERRIBLE!

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

c0bra-google jayhawk radio network and just go down the list.

Joe Ross 12 years, 2 months ago

Kansas is looking sloppy over the last several games. What gives?

c0bra 12 years, 2 months ago

txrockchalk, thanks it's working great.

lance1jhawk: I did try that but I guess I didn't get far enough.

12 years, 2 months ago

You got it, c0bra.

Mid-season slump, jross?

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

Did i just see Lew Perkins at the KU basketball game?

NH_JHawk 12 years, 2 months ago

lol lance...that guy keeps showing up on my tv too

12 years, 2 months ago

I didn't recognize him without his headphones on.

kc_wildfire 12 years, 2 months ago

Balanced scoring...could have eight guys in double figures by game's end.

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

KAUN!!!!!!! I dont know where or how or why, but he has really showed up tonight.

huskersnjayhawks 12 years, 2 months ago

Sasha is better for us coming off the bench. I like it!!!

jayhawkinATL 12 years, 2 months ago

Like the announcers keep saying, we are getting EATEN UP by the dribble-penetration!!!!

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

I can not even respond to that handle... what the.. why the... well huskers and NO!

NH_JHawk 12 years, 2 months ago

Is everyone feeling better now that things seem to be back on track? Can you say ROUT?

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

YES!!! Thankyou NH_JHawk, I feel much better about the Hawks right now. A Mizzery victory usually does that though. Along with a couple of single barrel bourbons! :)

Dan Harris 12 years, 2 months ago

Man I really don't want to jinks us but how about our free throw shooting the last 4 games! Keep that up Hawks!

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

WHY! WHY! WHY show that... Need to go to my happy place. Must continue the ROUT, right NH_JHawk

Dan Harris 12 years, 2 months ago

Why does't Self empty the bench sooner?

Ian Brown 12 years, 2 months ago

If Mizzou can get to the hoop that easily I would hate to see what Memphis or UNC would do to us with guards like Rose and Lawson, respectively.

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

I will be in Lawrence on saturday for the Baylor game and will definitely be picking up a Columbia Missouri- keeping ugly girls out of Lawrence T-shirts... Thats funny stuff.

NH_JHawk 12 years, 2 months ago

Ron Franklin selling KU Football on ESPN. I like it!

lance, we may end up seeing Mizzou again in B12 tourney but right now it's a SWEEP!

Classic. KU honoring Mangino at half with bowl of Oranges.

Rivalry week on ESPN: Cant wait to hear what Mizzou tshirts say about us next year.

That Rock Chalk Chant never gets old does it folks?

Dan Harris 12 years, 2 months ago

Just now emptying bench with 1 minute left, I don't get it

jayhawkinATL 12 years, 2 months ago

Yeppers, jhawkdan42...the 'Hawks are 59 of 70 in FTs (84.3%) over the last three games!!!!

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

NH_JHawk -Fizzou will only bring up the football score... They have a two track mind. When did we beat KU last and kissing their cousin.

jaybate 12 years, 2 months ago

There's just nothing quite like shooting 84% of your FTs to make a game easy to win.

Sasha has discovered the beast in him.

Notice Cole hawked 9 reebs in 12 minutes. This guy is going to give us complete control of the boards next year.

And even though DBlock was not a big scorer, he snagged 9 reebs, too.

Let me go over this again...

KU beats MU KSU beats KU MU beats KSU KU beats MU

It looks like we are not finding out which is the best team this time of year as much as we are finding out which team is having a temporary high. Tis the season to be up and down.

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

jaybate- Its just BIGXII b-ball man... seems like it happens every year. Its just kind of weird having K-Suck in the middle of it. I feel like I can barely see Texas coming at us as usual.

Bleed_Crimson_Blue 12 years, 2 months ago

I know it being picky, but I'm not totally satisfied with how this team is playing (in our 21 wins). Silly turnovers and sloppy play still shows it's ugly head too often and Sherron Collins needs to find his old form.

On the other hand, no reason to peak in February! It's probably best we wait until early April to do that!

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

Ryan- Can you put Rush's mom as the best player of the game for Keegan's list, if Tom's not back yet. That was a nice turn around by him tonight at least. The bigs of Jackson and Kaun, would be a close second. A solid Mario coming right behind. I love Marios game lately... Take it to the hole Mario, should be his new name. He seems to know that the team is down (mentally) and is just giving it his all.

Dani Davey 12 years, 2 months ago

So much for Mike Anderson's "zero tolerance" policy. Apparently at Mizzou being charged with assault isn't enough to keep you out of the game, or perhaps there is just a nice KU exception.

And yes that was Lew Perkins sitting with Peyton Manning at the Superbowl.

lance1jhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

1625-I hope you over rang the mizzou fan! No Returns for those... I digress now and need to go on to the fizzou blogs to raise much havoc

Debbie Mangen 12 years, 2 months ago

For those of us not from Lawrence, where do we find all the new Mizzou t-shirts they talked about during the game?

ajayhawksince88 12 years, 2 months ago

I was at the game, so I don't know if these were the shirts they were talking about.. there are a lot of funny ones on that site though.

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