Sooners go cold as No. 3 Jayhawks roll, 67-54

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2013 at 6:35 pm •  Published: January 26, 2013
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It was the 800th game played at Allen Fieldhouse, just down the Interstate from Kemper Arena in Kansas City, where 25 years ago the Jayhawks beat the Sooners for the national championship.

Neither team looked Final Four-worthy in the first half Saturday, though.

The Jayhawks were 1 of 6 from beyond the arc and committed eight turnovers, three by Releford. So even when Kansas managed to build a lead, going up 24-14 on McLemore's putback with 5:30 left in the first half, the Jayhawks couldn't establish too much separation.

Oklahoma didn't do a whole lot to help itself, either.

The Sooners got within 29-21 at halftime on a 3-pointer by Pledger, but they still shot just 28 percent from the field. Their 21 points were a season low for any half.

Things didn't start off a whole lot better after the break. Osby missed the Sooners' first five shots, and their first field goal didn't come until M'Baye's jumper at the 16:14 mark.

Kansas kept its lead hovering around 10 points for much of the second half. Elijah Johnson's driving layup for his first basket made it 37-27, and his 3-pointer with 11:35 remaining gave the Jayhawks a 42-31 lead, matching their biggest of the game.

"The first half was pretty sloppy as a whole. The second half we got it going," Withey said. "We got a couple steals and that led to easy transition baskets."

The Jayhawks had pushed the lead to 45-39 on McLemore's 3-pointer with 4:10 left when the Sooners went on their last run. Consecutive baskets by Buddy Hield and M'Baye trimmed the lead to 10, but Johnson's 3-pointer and another by McLemore put the game away.

"Jeff played great. The mistakes we made in the first half, he erased a lot of them, which led to points," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "We didn't do much offensively at all, but we got easy baskets off his defense when we got out and ran."

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