Mourning Jayhawks lose epic home streak

Jordan Hamilton, who had 17 points, blocks a shot by Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor during Texas’ second-half explosion.

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Jordan Hamilton, who had 17 points, blocks a shot by Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor during Texas’ second-half explosion.

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The longest home winning streak in Kansas' vaunted history came to an end on a doubly sad day for the Jayhawks.

J'Covan Brown had 23 points and keyed a second-half run that erased a 15-point deficit, enabling No. 10 Texas to grab a 74-63 victory Saturday over the second-ranked Jayhawks and snap their 69-game home streak.

Shortly after 11 p.m. the night before, players, coaches and players' moms gathered around sophomore Thomas Robinson when his mother died unexpectedly of a heart attack in Washington, D.C.

"It just puts everything in perspective," coach Bill Self said.

Robinson asked to remain with the team, and with him coming off the bench, an emotional Kansas scored the game's first 10 and led by as many as 15 in the early going. But Texas (16-3, 4-0 Big 12) outscored the Jayhawks 36-13 while turning a 12-point halftime deficit into a 59-48 lead on Cory Joseph's 3-pointer.

"I think in more times like that — I could be wrong — I think you see teams get off to an emotional good start on things like that," Self said. "We played well, too. But certainly it was emotional. I felt like we didn't have much gas in the tank the second half. But a lot of it's because of Texas' play, too."

There was a moment of silence before the game for Thompson's mother. He had two points and five rebounds and committed four fouls.

The Jayhawks (18-1, 3-1) had not lost at home since Feb. 3, 2007, the longest current streak in the nation, and were 7-0 at home against Texas since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996.

"They came in on fire," said Jordan Hamilton, who had 17 points for the Longhorns. "Then we came out in the second half and we played hard and coach (Rick Barnes) always said we are going to win this game."

Tristan Thompson had 10 points and five blocks in a bruising game that included two technical fouls against both teams. The Longhorns held Kansas, which went in with a Big 12-best shooting percentage of 52.4, to 36 percent. In the second half, Kansas hit a paltry 8 of 30 shots.

"Texas totally controlled the last 30 minutes of the game," Self said. "The second half they were terrific. Of course, we helped them be terrific."

NO. 1 OHIO ST. 73, NO. 23 ILLINOIS 68: Jared Sullinger had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and the visiting Buckeyes (20-0, 7-0 Big Ten) scored 14 straight points in the second half to rally past the Illini (14-6, 4-3).

NO. 7 VILLANOVA 83, NO. 3 'CUSE 72: Maalik Wayns and Corey Fisher combined to hit 6 of 7 3-pointers in the first half for the visiting Wildcats (17-2, 5-1 Big East), who took a big lead and held on to hand the Orange (18-2, 5-2) its second straight loss.

NO. 4 DUKE 83, WAKE 59: Kyle Singler had 24 points and keyed a 17-4 second-half run, and Ryan Kelly added a career-high 20 points as the visiting Blue Devils (18-1, 5-1 ACC) pulled away.

NO. 5 PITT 80, DEPAUL 50: Gilbert Brown had 17 points and Ashton Gibbs 13 as the visiting Panthers (19-1, 7-0 Big East) cruised to their ninth straight win and handed the Blue Demons their 20th straight conference loss.

NO. 8 UCONN 72, TENNESSEE 61: Kemba Walker had a season-low 16 points, but that was enough to help the host Huskies (16-2) spoil coach Bruce Pearl's return to the Volunteers' bench. Pearl is in the middle an eight-game SEC suspension but was allowed to coach in the nonconference game.

NO. 9 BYU 94, COLORADO ST. 85: Jimmer Fredette had 42 points for the visiting Cougars (19-1, 5-0 Mountain West), who next host sixth-ranked and unbeaten San Diego State on Wednesday.

NO. 11 TEXAS A&M 64, KANSAS ST. 56: Khris Middleton had 18 points and the host Aggies (17-2, 4-1 Big 12) made 13 free throws in the last two minutes to hold on.

NO. 12 KENTUCKY 67, S.C. 58: Brandon Knight had 23 points, and the visiting Wildcats (15-4, 3-2 SEC) held off a late charge.

NO. 13 MISSOURI 87, IOWA ST. 54: Ricardo Ratliffe matched his career best with six blocks and Michael Dixon had 15 points as the host Tigers (17-3, 3-2 Big 12) romped.

NO. 14 PURDUE 86, NO. 17 MICH. ST. 76: E'Twaun Moore had 26 points and JaJuan Johnson 20 as the host Boilermakers (17-3, 6-1 Big Ten) kept the Spartans (12-7, 4-3) struggling.

NO. 15 MINNESOTA 71, MICH. 62: Trevor Mbakwe and Ralph Sampson III had 13 points each for the visiting Golden Gophers (15-4, 4-3 Big Ten), who trailed 41-40 before going on a 12-3 run in the second half.

NO. 16 NOTRE DAME 80, MARQUETTE 75: Ben Hansbrough had a career-best 28 points and keyed a second-half spurt that rallied the host Fighting Irish (16-4, 5-3 Big East) from a 12-point deficit.

PROVIDENCE 72, NO. 19 LOUISVILLE 67: Marshon Brooks had 27 points and Gerard Coleman a season-high 19 to lead the host Friars to their first Big East victory. The Cardinals (15-4, 4-2) made 4 of 23 3-pointers and missed all 12 second-half attempts.

NO. 20 WASH. 88, ARIZ. ST. 75: Matthew Bryan-Amaning had a career-high 30 points and nine rebounds as the host Huskies (15-4, 7-1 Pac-10) matched their best conference start in 24 years.

VANDY 89, NO. 22 SAINT MARY'S 70: John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor had 19 points each for the host Commodores, who snapped an 11-game winning streak by the Gaels (17-3).

NO. 25 CINCINNATI 53, ST. JOHN'S 51: Yancy Gates' three-point play with eight seconds left lifted the visiting Bearcats (17-3, 4-3 Big East).

State

RICE 57, UCF 50: Connor Frizzelle had 15 points as the visiting Owls ended a four-game Conference USA losing streak and handed the Knights (14-4, 1-4) their fourth straight loss.

TAMPA 86, NOVA SE 78, OT: Rashad Callaway had 21 points to lead five players in double figures as the visiting Spartans (17-1, 6-1 Sunshine State) bounced back from their first loss.

Mourning Jayhawks lose epic home streak 01/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 11:51pm]

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