Texas lets another slip away against No. 4 Kansas

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm •  Published: January 19, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rick Barnes lost his first four games when he took over Texas in 1998. Not until now are the Longhorns again struck in a skid that long.

But even back then, the Longhorns weren't losing like this.

Kansas freshman Ben McLemore scored 16 points and the fourth-ranked Jayhawks stormed back late in the second half from an 11-point deficit — nearly their biggest all season — to stun the Longhorns 64-59 on Saturday for their 15th straight victory while handing Texas its fourth straight loss.

Sheldon McClellan led the Longhorns with 18 points. Julien Lewis added 11 and missed a corner 3-pointer with 13 seconds that would have tied the game, sealing another second-half collapse for Texas.

How old is this getting?

"Pretty old," Barnes said. "We do a lot of things well. But we don't win because we don't do it when the game is on the line."

Lewis had made just three of his previous 12 from behind the arc before that shot, and McLemore said afterward that hoisting that one so early with plenty of time left on the shot clock even surprised him.

Jeff Withey added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks (16-1, 4-0 Big 12), who looked bound for their first loss since Nov. 13 against Michigan State before McLemore piloted a rally that thwarted the reeling Longhorns (8-9, 0-4) from seizing a badly needed victory in this troubled season.

"We just had to play through it," McLemore said of the slow start. "We talked in the huddle. Coach told us to be more aggressive, and that's what we did."

Travis Releford added 12 points and Kevin Young had 6 for Kansas. McLemore was 6 of 10 from the field and had six rebounds.

When Texas went up 42-31 with 15:22 remaining, it was the second-biggest deficit the Jayhawks faced all season. They had trailed by 12 against Chattanooga — two days after that loss to the Spartans — before roaring back to easily win that one and just about every game since.

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