Top 25 / Big Ten: Oklahoma hands slumping Kansas its third straight loss
Romero Osby had plenty to shout about after scoring 17 points to lead Oklahoma past Kansas.
Oklahoma 72, No. 5 Kansas 66: Romero Osby scored 17 points, Steven Pledger added 15 and host Oklahoma held off fifth-ranked Kansas 72-66 yesterday, the Sooners’ first victory over a top-five team in seven years.
With the Jayhawks (19-4, 7-3) on a surprising three-game slide, the Big 12 regular-season championship suddenly is up for grabs.
“It’s a step, but there’s a lot of steps,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “There are a bunch of small steps necessary, and again it happens because these guys have worked hard and continue to work at it and have maintained a real good attitude about getting better each day.”
The Sooners (15-7, 6-4) ended a 10-game losing streak in the series and took down a top-five opponent for the first time since defeating No. 4 Texas on Jan. 28, 2006.
Freshman Je’lon Hornbeak made 4 of 6 free throws in the final minute, just enough to keep the Jayhawks at bay. Cameron Clark hit two free throws to finish it off, and fans stormed the court after the final buzzer sounded.
Just a week ago, Kansas had the nation’s longest winning streak at 18 games. Now, the program is on its first three-game losing streak since February 2005.
“We had lost two straight, too. We needed a win, so they could have looked at us the same way,” Osby said. “But we just came out and we just fought.”
Ben McLemore led Kansas with 15 points and Jeff Withey had 14 points, six rebounds and the one block he needed to tie Greg Ostertag’s school career record with 258. The Jayhawks outscored the Sooners 32-16 in the paint, but missed seven of their first 12 free throws to stall their attempts at a comeback.
Oklahoma had a 23-11 advantage in bench scoring, led by Clark’s 10 points. The Sooners never trailed over the final 30 minutes.
TOP 25 HIGHLIGHTS
No. 2 Florida 83, Mississippi State 58: Mike Rosario had 18 points and Erik Murphy 17 for host Florida (19-3, 9-1 Southeastern Conference). Mississippi State is 7-15, 2-8.
No. 6 Gonzaga 74, Loyola-Marymount 55: Kevin Pangos and Kelly Olynyk had 20 points each for host Gonzaga (23-2, 10-0 West Coast Conference). Loyola Marymount is 8-16, 1-10.
No. 8 University of Miami 87, North Carolina 61: Host Miami (19-3, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) tied a school record with 15 three-pointers and extended its winning streak to 11 games. Shane Larkin had 18 points and a career-high nine assists for the Hurricanes. North Carolina is 16-7, 6-4.
No. 13 Kansas State 79, Iowa State 70: Rodney McGruder had 22 points and Angel Rodriguez 20 for host Kansas State (19-4, 8-2), which took over first place in the Big 12. Korie Lucious had 16 points for Iowa State (16-7, 6-4).
No. 20 Georgetown 69, Rutgers 63: Markel Starks had 20 points and Otto Porter got 15 of his 19 points in the second half for visiting Georgetown (17-4, 7-3 Big East). Rutgers (12-10, 3-8) has lost six straight.
No. 12 Michigan State 78, Purdue 65: Branden Dawson had 20 points and Keith Appling 17 for Michigan State (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten), which has won three straight, nine of 10 and four of its past five conference road games. Terone Johnson had 20 points for Purdue (12-12, 5-6).
Iowa 71, Northwestern 57: Devyn Marble broke a lengthy slump with 21 points to help host Iowa (15-9, 4-7) end a two-game losing streak. Reggie Hearn had 13 points to lead Northwestern (13-11, 4-7). Iowa took control with a 10-0 run midway through the second half. Nebraska 67, Penn State 53: Dylan Talley had 16 points and host Nebraska (12-12, 3-8) pulled away from Penn State (8-15, 0-11) early in the second half with a 12-2 run.