Oklahoma State Stuns #2 Kansas, 85-80

By: KU Athletics Email
By: KU Athletics Email

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A barrage of baskets in the final minute of the game was not enough for Kansas men’s basketball to fight off Oklahoma State as the Jayhawks fell 85-80 in Allen Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon. The loss snapped Kansas’ NCAA-leading 18-game win streak on the season and ended KU’s 33-game win streak on James Naismith Court.

The Jayhawks trailed 77-69 with 1:01 to play in the game after two free throws from Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart. Eleven seconds later, redshirt freshman Ben McLemore cashed a three to close the gap to just five points.

After fouling Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash, who missed the first of two free throws, freshman Andrew White III drilled a crucial three after sitting for more than 49 minutes of the game. White III stole the ensuing inbounds pass and was fouled on a layup attempt, resulting in a trip to the free throw line. White knocked down one of two to cut the Oklahoma State lead to 78-76.

Following a quick Kansas foul, Oklahoma State’s Phil Forte knocked down two free throws to push the Cowboys’ lead back to four. White III was fouled again and made both free throws to bring the score to 80-78 with 24 seconds remaining.

Senior forward Travis Releford committed a quick foul with no time coming off of the clock and Smart could only make one of his two free throws for the Cowboys. Senior Elijah Johnson drove to hoop for a quick bucket that cut the Oklahoma State lead to one with 19 seconds on the clock. Forte knocked down two more free throws with just seven seconds remaining and gave the Cowboys an 83-80 lead.

Leading by only three, Oklahoma State elected not to foul, but Johnson lost control of his dribble and Forte scored an easy layup as time expired to give the Cowboys the 85-80 victory. It was Oklahoma State’s first win in Lawrence since Jan. 13, 1990.

McLemore led the Kansas (19-2, 7-1) scorers with 23 points, his sixth 20-point game of the season. Senior forward Kevin Young (12) and senior center Jeff Withey (11) joined McLemore as the only three Jayhawks in double figures.

Oklahoma State (15-5, 5-3) was led by a debilitating performance from duo Markel Brown and Smart. Brown led all scorers with a season-high 28 points and became the first opponent to shoot 70 percent (7-for-10) from three-point range since the 2003 season. Smart, who ranks just two spots behind McLemore as the best-scoring freshmen in the league, tied his career-high with 25 points. Oklahoma State’s 43 percent mark (29-for-67) from the field topped KU’s 41 percent (25-for-61) for only the third time this season.

With 15:16 remaining in the second half, McLemore knocked down a three in front of the Kansas bench to give the Jayhawks their first lead since 9-7 early in the first half. McLemore scored Kansas’ next four points as the teams traded the lead.

Kansas was able to push out to a 59-55 lead prior to the third media timeout of the second half, but the Cowboys responded when Brown hit his seventh three of the game.

To start the second half, Brown knocked down his sixth three of the afternoon, but Releford answered with one of his own. Senior forward Kevin Young stole the ensuing inbounds pass and McLemore put back a Johnson miss to cut the lead to four.

Early in the first half, the Jayhawks found themselves in a hole as they were held without a field goal for almost four minutes, allowing the Cowboys to use Kansas’ offensive woes to go on an 11-0 run and grab an 11-point lead with 11:53 to play before intermission.

Following the under 12-minute media timeout, Oklahoma State’s Brown converted a three-point play after knocking down and jumper and being fouled to give Kansas its biggest deficit of the season, 26-12.

McLemore responded with a tough lay-up in the lane and Young converted a lay-up after a feed from Releford. The Cowboy’s Brown then knocked down a three for his 17th-first half point. McLemore responded with a three of his own to cut the Oklahoma State advantage back to 10.

Late in the half, freshman forward Perry Ellis helped keep Kansas close with his offensive rebounding. After Ellis was fouled on a rebound attempt, the Wichita, Kan., native sunk the first half of the one-and-one freebies. Redshirt freshman forward Jamari Traylor grabbed the rebound off of the second miss and found Johnson, who knocked down a contested three to bring Kansas within four. Oklahoma State responded with a lay-up and a foul, but Michael Cobbins was unable to convert the free throw. The Jayhawks could make nothing of their opportunity to score before the end of the half and the Cowboys took a 40-34 lead into halftime.

Brown had 22 of Oklahoma State’s 40 halftime point and Marcus Smart contributed 10. Only three other cowboys scored in the half with Cobbins having the third most points Oklahoma State with four. But the lopsided scoring effort from the tandem proved to be enough to hand Kansas its first loss at home in more than two years.

Kansas hits the road for its first contest with TCU since the team joined the Big 12 conference this season Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.

Postgame Notes
Feb. 3, 2013

KU STARTERS (Season/Career Starts): C Jeff Withey (21/61), G Elijah Johnson (21/67), G Ben McLemore (21/21), F Travis Releford (21/63), F Kevin Young (18/18)

SERIES INFO: Kansas leads 106-54



· Ended KU’s NCAA-leading win streak at 18 games

· Ended KU’s homecourt win streak at 33 games, which was the second-longest in the nation (Syracuse, 35)

· Handed Kansas its first loss at home since losing to Texas 74-63 (1/22/11) – a span of 79 total games

· Gave KU its first regular-season Big 12 loss since losing at Missouri, 74-71 (2/4/12)

· Marked just the eighth loss in Allen Fieldhouse during head coach Bill Self’s 10 years at Kansas.

· Made Kansas 19-2 on the season and 7-1 in Big 12 Conference play

· Ended a four-game win streak against Oklahoma State and its 16- game win streak against the Cowboys in Allen Fieldhouse (Jan. 13, 1990)

· Made Kansas 106-54 in the all-time series against Oklahoma State

· Made the Jayhawks 683-108 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse, including 157-8 in the Bill Self era

· Moved Bill Self to 289-54 at Kansas, 496-159 overall in his career and 10-8 all-time against Oklahoma State (9-5 while at KU)

· Improved KU to 2,089-808 all-time


· Kansas outscored Oklahoma State 11-7 in the final minute, highlighted by six points in 39 seconds from freshman G Andrew White III.

· KU’s 14-point deficit in the first half (26-12, 10:58) marked KU’s largest of the season (previously 12 vs. Chattanooga, 11/15/12).

· Kansas was held without a field goal for nearly four minutes in the first half (16:53-13:01), giving Oklahoma State room to go on an 11-0 run – all 11 of those points came from guards Markel Brown and Marcus Smart.

· In the first half alone, Brown and Smart combined for 32 of the Cowboys’ 40 points. Only three other players even scored in the opening frame (Michael Cobbins, 4; Philip Jurick, 2; Le’Bryan Nash, 2).

· OSU’s Brown’s seven three-pointers were a career-high. His 28 points were a season-high (30 career). Brown’s 7-for-10 three-point shooting is the best by a Jayhawk opponent since Alex Kragel of UNC-Asheville went 7-for-10 from behind the arc on Jan. 2, 2003.

· Trailing 29-16, Kansas broke loose for a 7-0 run in less than two minutes (8:06-6:32). The Jayhawks did so again toward the end of the half, putting together another 7-0 run (2:59-1:13).

· Despite an Oklahoma State-dominated first half, both squads had 13 field goals to their credit by halftime (KU, 13-for-38; OSU, 13-for-34).

· Redshirt freshman G Ben McLemore hit a three-pointer at the 15:16 mark in the second half (46-45), KU’s first advantage since leading 9-8 in the first half.

· Kansas grabbed 41 rebounds to Oklahoma State’s 40. KU has outrebounded 18 of 21 opponents in 2012-13.

· The eight offensive rebounds by OSU freshman G Marcus Smart are the most by a Kansas opponent since Richard Howell of NC State grabbed nine on March 23, 2012. It’s the most in a conference game since Justin Hamilton of Iowa State grabbed eight on Feb. 13, 2010.

· Kansas was out-shot (43 percent/41 percent) for only the third time this season (vs. Michigan State, at Texas).

· Kansas shot 52.2 percent (12-for-23) in the second half, marking the 18th time KU has shot 50 percent or better for a half this season.


· Two of the league’s top-three freshmen scorers squared off as Kansas’ Ben McLemore leads the rookies (16.1 ppg) and Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart is third (13.6 ppg) – what resulted was a career-high tying 25 points for Smart and 23 for McLemore.

· Redshirt freshman G Ben McLemore's 23 points marked the ninth-straight contest he has scored in double-digits, and his sixth 20-point game of the year.

· McLemore opened the second half hitting his first five shots. He went 6-for-8 from the field, and hit both threes and both free throws he attempted in the final 20 minutes.

· McLemore was the first Jayhawk in double-digits, which didn’t occur until the 19:10 mark in the second half.

· Senior G Travis Releford has contributed eight points, marking the first time in 16 games the senior did not score in double figures.

· Releford was scoreless at halftime for the first time since the Chattanooga game (11/15/12).

· Ranked first and second in the Big 12 from the free throw line, McLemore and Releford combined to shoot 100 percent (4-for-4).

· Senior G Elijah Johnson dished out six assists, giving him 332 for his career and moving him past Jayhawk Tony Guy (327) for 18th on KU’s career assist list. Next on the list is Jayhawk legend Danny Manning (17th, 342).

· Senior C Jeff Withey’s three blocks moved him past Cole Aldrich for second on the KU career block shot list leaving him just four rejections away from tying KU’s all-time record (258, Greg Ostertag).

· For the just the third time this season, senior F Kevin Young scored the Jayhawks’ first points – and for the second time this season, the first points came from the free throw line (2-for-2, 18:43).

· Redshirt freshman F Jamari Traylor tied his career-high with five rebounds.

· Young is the only Jayhawk to have a steal in every Big 12 game this season. He collected a career-high tying four more on Saturday. His 15 steals in league play leads the team.

· After not playing the first 39 minutes, freshman G Andrew White III hit a clutch three-pointer in the final minute of the game; his first three in 12 games (last vs. Belmont, 12/15/12).

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