Shooting Woes Doom Cowboys

There's a reason that 21st-ranked Kansas has the nation's longest home-court winning streak for Division I basketball teams, and the Jayhawks showed it Saturday in extending the streak to 37 with a 78-67 victory over Oklahoma State at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Cowboys now have not won in Lawrence, Kan., in more than 20 years, and a span of 14 games. The last OSU win in Allen Fieldhouse was an 87-71 victory on Feb. 8, 1989, when Leonard Hamilton was head coach of the Cowboys and current KU head coach Bill Self was in his third year as an assistant coach on Hamilton's staff.

Oklahoma State saw this season's record fall to 14-8 overall and 3-5 in Big 12 play, while Kansas improves to 19-4 overall and 8-0 in conference action.

OSU shot a season-low 35.4 percent from the field (23 of 65), and made just 10 of 32 shots from three-point range (31.3 percent).

Terrel Harris was just 1-of-8 from the field, and James Anderson finished 3 of 13 (including 2-of-9 from three-point range). Anderson entered the game averaging a team-best 16.8 points per contest (but was held to 10), and Harris was averaging 14.6 (but was limited to nine).

"I thought we got very good looks today but they just weren't falling," Cowboy head coach Travis Ford said. "I thought Byron Eaton played a really good basketball game, and I thought we played better defense today.

"But we never got that big run going, the big stop, the big shot ... and it seemed like they were getting every loose ball. For some reason we're just not playing great basketball right now. We're not playing the type of basketball we need to win games like this.

"Our ball-handling is very shaky. Other than Byron Eaton we have no one to break down the defense - no one that can break down the defense. We are very dependent on Byron just driving and kicking. There are a lot of areas that we need to improve on very, very quickly in order for us to compete better," Ford continued.

Obi Muonelo led the Cowboys with 19 points and also added six rebounds. Marshall Moses contributed 18 points and eight rebounds, while James Anderson pitched in with 10 points and nine rebounds. Eaton finished with eight points and 10 assists.

Mario Little led the Jayhawks with 13 points, but it was 6-foot-11, 245-pound Cole Aldrich (12 points and a career-high 18 rebounds) who was too much for the Cowboys.

The schedule doesn't do the Cowboy any favors as they go on the road Tuesday to face the 16th-ranked Texas Longhorns, who suffered their third consecutive loss on Saturday at Nebraska (58-55).

"We've got to start playing faster. We've been trying to slow it down some but we were at our bes (today) when Byron was just flying up the court, trying to drive and hit people," Ford said. "We do not do a very good job of running plays, and we don't have guys who can break people down, so we're just going to have to put it in Byron's hands and let him go to work."

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