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Kansas win streak ends in Texas, 81-69

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm •  Published: February 1, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — No. 6 Kansas was rolling. The Jayhawks had won seven consecutive games to move to the top of the Big 12. They looked ready to cruise to another league title.

So much for that idea. One trip down to No. 25 Texas showed the conference race is far from over.

Wayne Selden Jr. scored 21 points, but Kansas struggled for much of an 81-69 loss to the Longhorns on Saturday.

Isaiah Taylor scored 23 points and Jonathan Holmes had 22 as Texas earned its sixth consecutive win and pulled within a game of Kansas about halfway through the Big 12 schedule.

"It was pretty much a dominating performance by the Longhorns over us today," Kansas coach Bill Self said.

The Longhorns (17-4, 6-2), who lost their top four scorers from a 16-18 squad a year ago, have been the surprise of the Big 12 this season.

Texas thumped the Jayhawks (16-5, 7-1) 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.

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.

"We didn't come with a lot of energy tonight. That was the result," Jayhawks forward Perry Ellis said.

Taylor, a freshman guard who scored 27 a week earlier against Baylor, continued to slash his way through the Jayhawks for layups and floating jumpers, while Holmes hit from inside and outside. Holmes 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.

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