Aldrich Leads No. 21 Kansas To 78-67 Win Vs. Oklahoma State
Feb. 7, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Cole Aldrich scored 12 points and had a career-high 18 rebounds to lead 21st-ranked Kansas to its eighth consecutive victory as the Jayhawks defeated Oklahoma State 78-67 in men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
Kansas improved to 19-4 overall and a perfect 8-0 in Big 12 action. Oklahoma State fell to 14-8 and 3-5 in league play.
Mario Little came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points, while Aldrich, Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor all scored 12 points for Kansas. Brady Morningstar and Marcus Morris each chipped in nine points, while Morningstar handed out six assists.
Oklahoma State was led by Obi Muonelo, who scored 19 points and Marshall Moses, who added 18. James Anderson chipped in 10 points and a team-best nine rebounds.
Aldrich hit six of 12 shots from the field and added three blocks as he recorded his 13th double-double of the season.
Little hit a couple of key baskets in each half, as his 13 points were his second most this season behind 15 vs. Texas A&M. Little started the game making each of his first five attempts before finishing six of eight on the day.
The Jayhawks consistently built their lead throughout the game. After Oklahoma State pulled within 19-12, Kansas hit back-to-back baskets to lead 24-12 and never led by fewer than double-digits the rest of the way.
Oklahoma State did not score consecutive baskets without a Jayhawk score in between, until there were 11 minutes remaining the game.
Kansas shot 46 percent from the field for the game, while holding Oklahoma State to just 35 percent. The visiting Cowboys took 50 percent of their shots from three-point range, but hit just 10 of 32 from behind the arc.
Meanwhile Kansas drilled 11 of 23 three-pointers. The 11 makes were the second most by KU this season behind a 12 of 27 performance against Jackson State.
KU out-rebounded OSU 46-33 as the Jayhawks were never threatened in the game.
Kansas extended the nation’s longest active homecourt winning streak to 37 games. KU also began league play at 8-0 for the first time since the 2005 team opened Big 12 play 9-0.
Kansas will return to action on Monday night playing at Missouri as part of ESPN’s Big Monday television package. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.