Oklahoma lost for just the second time in the last eight games, falling 67-54 on the road against No. 3/2 Kansas. The win was KU's 33rd straight and 102nd in its last 103 at Allen Fieldhouse.
"It was a ballgame where we were trying to hang in there most of the way and just couldn't quite ever get to a point where we threatened seriously down the stretch,” said Oklahoma Coach Lon Kruger. “Kansas is awfully good. I thought they were great defensively. They've got a lot of guys on the perimeter who guard the ball very, very well. (Jeff) Withey does a terrific job and I thought he kind of set the tone early in the ballgame. We just never did get any flow offensively. I thought we battled pretty well defensively, but we turned the ball over and gave them some transition baskets. Still, Kansas is very good and we've got to play much better than we did today to have a chance to hang in there with them."
M'Baye and Osby each scored a team-high 12 points, but did it on a combined 8-for-27 field goal shooting (.296). M'Baye was 4-for-11 and grabbed seven rebounds, while Osby was 4-for-16 and had six boards. Osby entered the day shooting .600 from the field over the 10 most recent games.
It was the 14th time in 19 games that Kansas held an opponent to 60 points or less, including the past five Big 12 foes. The Sooners had been averaging close to 72 points in league play, but couldn't manage it by shooting just 35 percent from the field.
"(Kansas) was playing to not attack at that point, so it was a little bit of fool's gold,” said Kruger. “Yeah, we got a couple of turnovers, but they're trying to be conservative and they're trying to run some clock, so that was kind of a better opportunity for us than it might have been 10 minutes earlier in the ballgame. Still, our guys worked hard and scratched around there late and got a couple of turnovers off of it."
The loss was OU's 10th straight against Kansas and 12th consecutive at Allen Fieldhouse. The Sooners' last win in the building came in 1993. The Sooners are back on the road for a 6 p.m. Wednesday game at Baylor (ESPNU).
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