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Kansas defeats Oklahoma State, 67-57

  • 6 p.m., Jan. 13, 2015
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Jayhawks move to 3-0 in Big 12 with win over Oklahoma State

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

Taking Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart out of the equation did nothing to temper the intensity of the showdown between Oklahoma State and Kansas during Tuesday's game at Allen Fieldhouse.

Complete with a handful of technicals, hard fouls and even a few flops, the Jayhawks (14-2 overall, 3-0 Big 12) picked up a hard-fought, 67-57 victory over the Cowboys to stay perfect in conference play.

As people have come to expect, Frank Mason III again turned in a solid all-around performance, leading the way with 16 points and a game-high 9 rebounds.

Mason joined Kelly Oubre Jr. (14 points, 6 rebounds) and Cliff Alexander (7 points, 5 rebounds) to help KU survive a hot start from OSU guard Phil Forte and take a 32-28 lead into halftime. Forte had a game-high 16 points at the break but attempted just two shots in the second half and was held to two second-half points while dealing with a couple of different injuries.

After an intensity-filled first half, the second half turned into a glorified free-throw shooting contest as both teams jumped into the bonus early and the teams combined to shoot 36 free throws in the final 20 minutes.

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

• The game turned when: Double technical fouls were called on Jamari Traylor and Le'Bryan Nash around the 12-minute mark of the first half. The exchange near the KU bench was the height of the intensity in this one and the Jayhawks, backed by the home crowd, responded to the mix-up with a 9-0 run that gave them a small cushion to work with the rest of the way.

• Offensive highlight: With 13:50 to play in the first half and tensions running high to begin with, Alexander flicked a match onto the open flame that was Allen Fieldhouse with a vicious one-handed and-one dunk over Oklahoma State's Anthony Allen. With the fieldhouse going crazy behind him, Alexander flexed and stared down the Oklahoma State bench, which drew a technical foul. The extra-curricular activities did nothing to take away from the fantastic basket and tough-as-nails finish.

• Defensive highlight: Inside the final three minutes of the first half, Wayne Selden Jr. attacked the rim looking to make a play and, once again, came up empty. The hard drive to the rim was smart but the shot he threw up after going into the air left many people scratching their heads. Selden was not one of them. Instead of sulking over another missed opportunity in close, the sophomore guard hustled down to the other end and came up with a big-time block off the backboard that led to an alley-oop from Mason to Alexander in transition on the other end.

• Key stat: The Jayhawks did themselves no favors at the free-throw line. On a night when the home team was sent to the charity stripe a whopping 46 times, KU made just 32, good for 69.6 percent. Luckily for the Jayhawks, their field goal defense more than made up for the rough night at the line, as OSU connected on just 31.4 percent of its shots (16-of-51) in the loss.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will head out onto the road for another tough test at 8 p.m. Saturday, when they'll take on Iowa State in Ames. It's College Gameday at Hilton Coliseum so you can bet the Cyclones fans will be more than a little fired up for this one. 

Box score

Join the post game discussion

Melrank in reply to Jim Roth

Aha - much better. Over 75% plus a lot of makes down the stretch. Glad to see that improve the 2nd half.

Jim Roth

Sorry,that was FG. FT was 17-22, 77%

Melrank

Wrong stat - I think we were 32-46 for the entire game. Thanks though.

Bwag

Apparently Lebon didn't do a good GM job selecting teammates

Jim Roth in reply to Melrank

8-20, 40%

Micky Baker

All in all, this was a good win but we should have ran them out of the place tonight. If we had made our free throws and handled the ball better in the second half, we would have won by 15 or 20. OSU is one of the better defensive teams because they have to be. They don't have much off the bench so they have to play good defense.

Tdscpa

My DVR is almost full. That was one I won't have to save to watch again!

Melrank

Benton - 2nd half FT %?

Micky Baker in reply to Benton Smith

Our defensive intensity sure has picked up since conference play started.

Melrank in reply to Benton Smith

+17 on boards is ballgame.

Coldcoffee in reply to Rodney Crain

night all. it's been fun to finally get back on and be a part of the game discussion ... despite the refs. :)

Bwag in reply to Benton Smith

HORSE

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Jayhawks only shot 37% in 67-57 W over Oklahoma State. Held the Cowboys to 31%. Outrebounded OSU 43-26.

FINAL
Okla. St. 57
Kansas 67

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Rodney Crain

Win and advance, nice win. Everyone have a safe night and drive home safely!

Texashawk10_2

Short of 8:30 by about 7 seconds.

Melrank

Good 10 point win - ugly but good. 3-0 in the league is HUGE.

ROCK CHALK.

Bwag in reply to Coldcoffee

Amen

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

That's the ball game. Or was it a free-throw shooting contest? Either way, KU now 3-0 in the Big 12.

Micky Baker

That was a mystery that OSU tried to triple team Graham way out at half court.

Matt Lacey

I swear the audio on the broadcast went down as soon as we started the chant. Stay classy ESPN.

Coldcoffee

mercifully it's over.

Melrank

I'm glad Nash picked OSU. I remember being disappointed how we lost that recruiting battle. He was a potential OAD. It's worked out for us.

Bwag

Will PF hit 50?

Coldcoffee

I almost wondered if they realized no one was under the basket defending

Lawkan

didn't Ellis just foul out?

Dale Koch

Miami Duke tied

Crimsonorblue22

Grandpa ref, go home

Coldcoffee

Holy mother of pearl.

Bwag

When we finish, you can catch Duke halftime show

Melrank

Hitting them in the clutch.

Robert Brown in reply to Coldcoffee

If the guards could run the clock better, the game would be over

01:00 left in Second Half
Okla. St. 55
Kansas 65

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bwag

Refs missed a foul call, wow

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Points in paint tonight: KU 22, OSU 22.

Coldcoffee

So far, it's take about 4 minutes to take 30 seconds off the clock (2:00 - 1:27)

Melrank

CHIPOTLE

Texashawk10_2

OSU has a guy hobbling around on one leg, I seriously don't understand why KU isn't attacking him.

Robert Brown

Not much of a foul

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Mason hits both FTs to push KU's lead to 8.

Matt Lacey

Refs can't even get the teams to break their huddles.

Tom Keegan

Unusually hot and stuffy in Allen Fieldhouse tonight. Never too hot for Fearless Frank Mason though.

Bwag

Really Refs. Get recliners and watch the monitor

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Cobbins fouls out with 1:27 left. Mason going to the FT line, with KU up 61-55. Mason has hit 7 of 9 FTs tonight.

Texashawk10_2

Run iso against Forte!

Kristen Downing

I have a bad feeling.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Dale Koch

Amen!

Lawkan

only 4 offfensive rebounds tonight. big improvement from the Baylor game.

Crimsonorblue22

Get Perry out?

Rodney Crain

KU by 3 not looking so far off...

Dale Koch

This game is so hard to watch

Don Burgundy

This would have been over if Ellis was riding the bench

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Le'Bryan Nash now has 17 points in the 2nd half after slashing in for a layup. KU up 61-55. 1:48 left.

Robert Brown

Need to work on end of game offense.

Texashawk10_2

Forte was on Mason, why didn't KU run iso on Forte since he can't guard right now.

Don Burgundy

And follows it up with getting swatted

Melrank

Lob would be pretty hard to execute this go around. Everyone is expecting it.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU killing OSU on the glass tonight, 41-26. Major factor in KU having the 8-point cushion it does.

Coldcoffee

someone time how long this last 2 minutes takes.

Don Burgundy

Good god Ellis loses the ball ev-er-y time

Texashawk10_2

Ellis lost the ball on barely any contact, what a shock.

Crimsonorblue22

Nice show ref

Kristen Downing

Not looking forward to Sat., if this is how we get up for a game at home.

02:01 left in Second Half
Okla. St. 53
Kansas 61

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Rodney Crain

ellis.... mercy

Matt Lacey in reply to Lawkan

Post of the night.

Coldcoffee in reply to Crimsonorblue22

well, yeah, for 98% of the game ... but that last turnover was more on Mason

Melrank in reply to Lawkan

LOLOLOL

Lawkan

on the bright side we are taking up Dukes air time.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

It took more than 17 minutes in the 2nd half for Forte to get his first FG. 1-for-2 in 14 minutes.

Kristen Downing

He's back.

Crimsonorblue22

Forte? Your leg??? What's the deal?

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Coldcoffee

Refs

02:40 left in Second Half
Okla. St. 51
Kansas 61

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Coldcoffee

um ... do the 'hawks just want this game to drag out?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Just a bad decision by Nash, settling for a long 2-point jumper, which Lucas rose up to contest.

Don Burgundy in reply to Steve Hillyer

They'd tire out and cuddle tip they fall asleep

Bwag

46 fouls called. Fire the refs

Texashawk10_2 in reply to Steve Hillyer

Their sisters would win

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Joe Ross

For sure. Cowboys just don't have much depth. Would be scary team if they did.

Melrank

Time to can our FTs and ice this thing.

Don Burgundy

At least we're shutting Phyllis Forte down

Steve Hillyer

I wonder what would happen if Lucas and Ellis had a pillow fight?

Joe Ross in reply to Benton Smith

If anything would put us in jeopardy it would be a mental lapse. Our bodies are fresher.

Rodney Crain in reply to Benton Smith

I agree this is not over at all

Texashawk10_2 in reply to Benton Smith

OSU has tired legs, their only chance is Nash drawing fouls in the post.

Bwag

Refs have destroyed flow of game with tapir foul calls. We're 2:20 hours and what, over 4 min on clock

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Rodney Crain

I was actually reading posts on the blog when it happened so I totally missed it. No rewind button either!

Crimsonphoenix in reply to Crimsonorblue22

Seriously, I have somewhere to be soon! Burn the clock! No fouls!

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Benton Smith

Stop!!

Rodney Crain

Benton did Perry just miss that pass or was it a bad pass?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Joe Ross

Yeah. You get the feeling OSU is poised to knock in a couple 3's and make this a serious game in the last couple of minutes. Second half has had little flow. How will KU respond if they have to turn it back on late?

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Micky Baker

I know

Texashawk10_2 in reply to Texashawk10_2

Graham not Mason

Cshjhawk

Did Perry lose his long time love? He's not focused!

Micky Baker in reply to Maxbball11

That wasn't his fault. That pass was way too hot,which would be okay if it wasn't so high.

Coldcoffee

This game is almost going as long as one of the Hobbit movies.

Texashawk10_2

Mason needs to keep attacking Forte off the dribble, he's too hobbled to keep up with Graham right now

Maxbball11

New nickname Perry "No Thumbs" Ellis

Micky Baker in reply to Crimsonorblue22

They called one on Alexander for not staring anyone down.

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