LAWRENCE, Kan. – In what would amount to the biggest Big 12 match-up of the season thus far, No. 5 Oklahoma (14-2, 3-1) and No. 4 Kansas (15-2, 4-0) went into battle a did not disappoint. In front of a sellout crowd, the Jaywhawks edged the Sooners by seven – snapping Oklahoma's 13-game winning streak.
The game was not without it's storylines, however. The first half played out just about as expected – tough defense and endless physical battles. The result of the first 20-minutes was a 30-25 Jaywhawk lead.
"I thought the first half we did a great job on Gooden and Collison," said Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson. "They are so good at making hard shots. It's difficult to play two real big post scorers."
The second half was completely different. Kansas came out red-hot and firing on all cylinders. Their perfection on offense and defense led to a 30-8 Jaywhawk run for the first portion of the second half. At that point, Kansas had built what seemed to be an insurmountable 22-point lead.
There was no quit in the Oklahoma players, however. The Sooners battled back to within eight points. Ebi Ere, who was silent for most of the afternoon, scored 10-straight Oklahoma points to ignite the run. The scoring frenzy pulled the Sooners to a 68-62 deficit with just over three minutes remaining.
"It wasn't so much that we did anything wrong," said Kansas guard Kirk Hinrich. "They're just an outstanding team. There's no way anybody is going to contain them all night."
The Sooners were not able to get closer than six points, however, and the Jawhawks went on to win the late free throw shooting battle.
Ebi Ere and Quannas White were the Sooners' leading scorers with 17 points each.
Kansas' Drew Gooden was quiet in the first half, but had a big second half to lead all Jaywhawk scorers with 19.
Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich had 17and 15 points, respectively.
On a side note, Oklahoma junior point guard Hollis Price, who scored 11 points in the game, suffered an apparent ankle injury in the last five seconds of the contest. No word yet on the severity of the injury.
The Sooners face Missouri at home on Monday (8 p.m.).
McGhee 1-8 4-4 6, Brown 2-3 0-0 4, Ere 7-11 0-1 17, White 7-12 3-5 17, Price 3-11 4-4 11, Detrick 3-10 0-0 7, Johnston 0-0 0-0 0, Selvy 2-5 0-0 5, Szendrei 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-60 11-14 67.
Gooden 7-12 5-9 19, Collison 6-11 5-10 17, Hinrich 6-10 3-6 15, Miles 0-5 0-0 0, Boschee 2-5 3-3 9, Langford 5-7 2-3 12, Carey 0-0 0-0 0, Simien 1-4 0-0 2, Lee 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-54 18-31 74.
Halftime-Kansas 30-25. 3-Point goals-Oklahoma 6-16 (Ere 3-3, Selvy 1-2, Detrick 1-3, Price 1-7, White 0-1), Kansas 2-7 (Boschee 2-4, Gooden 0-1, Langford 0-2). Fouled out-McGhee, Selvy. Rebounds-Oklahoma 33 (Ere 8), Kansas 38 (Gooden 10). Assists-Oklahoma 10 (White 4), Kansas 16 (Hinrich 7). Total fouls-Oklahoma 24, Kansas 15. A-16,300.
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