The win snapped a UT three-game home win streak over KU, was Kansas' ninth-straight victory and improved the Jayhawks to 23-1 overall and 9-0 in the Big 12. Texas dropped to 19-5 and 5-4 in the conference.
Kansas controlled much of the second half and built up a 19-point lead
by the 9:02 mark. But the lead began to slip away as Texas battled back
using a 14-5 run to come within eight points at 64-56 with 3:38 left in
the game, UT's first single-digit deficit since 6:43 in the first half.
In Kansas' next trip down the floor, freshman Xavier Henry fought
through traffic and was fouled in the paint. He proceeded to sink both
free throws and Tyrel Reed soon followed with a fastbreak layup to put
the Jayhawks back up by 12 at 2:32.
Texas sent Kansas to line 10 times in the last two and half minutes and
KU hit all 10 tries during that time to seal the win. For the game, KU
was 22-for-29 (75.9 percent) at the free throw line, its best
percentage in five games.
Collins scored eight of his 15 points at the free throw line, making
all eight of his charity stripe attempts and dished out five assists in
the win to go along with four steals. Freshman Henry also added 15
points in the contest.
Collins, Morris and Henry each scored 10 points in the final 20 minutes
of the game.
A 22-0 run in the first half gave Kansas its lead for the rest of the
game. At 14:08, Texas had built up a six-point lead at 14-8. Junior
Brady Morningstar and sophomore Markieff Morris, who both had eight
points in the contest, quickly erased the Jayhawks' deficit with
back-to-back three-point baskets to knot the score. From there, KU
scored 16 straight points to extend a 22-0 run as it led 30-14 with
4:54 on the clock.
KU went 8-for-15 during the run, including four three-pointers, while
Texas missed 10-straight shots. Kansas was able to out-do UT on the
boards pulling down 11 more rebounds with 45. Markieff Morris led KU
for just the second time this season with nine rebounds.
The Jayhawks added just three more point, all free throws, in the final
five minutes but managed to hold a double-digit lead for the rest of
the half and led 34-24 at the break.
Kansas converted 17 Longhorn turnovers into 27 points during the game
and out-scored UT 16-2 in fastbreak points.
Kansas returns home to face Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.
on ESPNU. KU head coach Bill Self will be going for career-win 400
Saturday. KU will then make its third ESPN Big Monday appearance of
2010 when it travels to Texas A&M on Feb. 15.
Story courtesy: KUAC
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