Holmes powers No. 25 Texas over No. 6 Kansas 81-69

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2014 at 6:45 pm •  Published: February 1, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Don't crown sixth-ranked Kansas as Big 12 champions just yet. There's another team with serious designs on winning the title.

And surprise, surprise: It's the surging Texas Longhorns.

Isaiah Taylor scored 23 points, Jonathan Holmes had 22 and No. 25 Texas beat the Jayhawks 81-69 on Saturday for its sixth consecutive victory.

Texas, which lost its top four scorers from last year's 16-18 squad, has been the surprise of the Big 12. The Longhorns have four consecutive wins over Top 25 opponents and now sit in second place after dominating a team that had been playing as well as anyone in the country in recent weeks.

"We've got pretty good momentum," Holmes said. "We've got to keep it going."

The Longhorns (17-4, 6-2) thumped the Jayhawks with suffocating defense that held the Big 12's best shooting team to 39 percent from the floor. Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins, who averaged 24 points over the previous three games, scored seven before fouling out late.

Texas put together one of its most impressive wins in years. The Longhorns outshot and outrebounded the Jayhawks, had 12 blocks, and once they built a double-digit lead, never left Kansas an opening to rally.

"I thought our big guys played pretty soft. We didn't do a good job attacking the rim like we should," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "Their speed offset our length."

Wayne Selden Jr., scored 21 for the Jayhawks (16-5, 7-1).

Taylor, a freshman guard who scored 27 a week earlier against Baylor, continued to slash his way through the lane for layups and floating jumpers. Holmes hit from inside and outside and also went 9 for 10 from the free-throw line.

Cameron Ridley added nine points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for Texas, winning his battle under the basket with Joel Embiid, Kansas' 7-foot center. Prince Ibeh also had four blocks for Texas.

The first half was pure frustration for the Jayhawks, who came in shooting 51 percent as a team. Nothing, not even the open shots, seemed to find their way in the basket.



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