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The Jayhawks won a thrilling 81-79 game over No. 4 Oklahoma State, Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse. John Lucas missed a three-pointer with two seconds remaining that could have won the game for the Cowboys.

It was the kind of game people were talking about the next day.

"I think what we did real well yesterday was that we were able to handle their pressure and get open one pass away and let Wayne (Simien) get open," said Bill Self in Monday's press conference.

Wayne Simien led four Jayhawks in double-figures with a career-high 32 points on 11-of-17 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Simien also added 12 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season.

Self fielded questions about the Cowboy's lack of a zone defense.

"Playing zone is not Coach Sutton. We talked about it and we wanted to play zone early to see how they would attack it, but if the perimeter is making shots then there is no way we are going to a zone," explained Self.

"If we go down we're going to go down the way we believe in doing it and Coach Sutton is the same way. He is not a zone coach," added Self.

"They went to the Final Four last year and they are not going to have a chance to win the national championship this year because they play good zone. They may sprinkle it in from time to time but I'm sure that he felt the best way to guard us was the way he did. You have to play the way you practice in big games."

The Jayhawks shot a blistering 66 percent from the field in the game. Senior Keith Langford added 14 points on 6-of-8 from the field, while fellow senior Aaron Miles chipped in with 13 points and a game-high six assists. Junior Christian Moody scored 10 points in the win.

The Cowboys shot 58 percent from the field. Lucas connected on 9-of-11 shots to score a team-high 22 points. Senior Joey Graham added 19 points and four rebounds, while freshman JamesOn Curry added 15 points.


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