No. 3 Kansas Wins Big Against Oklahoma State, 92-65
Feb. 21, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior Marcus Morris scored 27 points on 9-for-13 shooting, including 3-for-5 from three-point range, to lead No. 3 Kansas to a 92-65 victory over Oklahoma State in Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday night.
Sophomore Elijah Johnson had a career-high 15 points to go along with three assists and three rebounds in his second start of the season, while junior Markieff Morris contributed 15 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes. Sophomore Thomas Robinson chipped in six points and six rebounds in 10 minutes in his first action after missing the past three games following surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee. Senior Mario Little grabbed a career-high nine rebounds.
Kansas improved its record to 26-2, including 11-2 in Big 12 play. The victory marked KU’s 15th-straight against the Cowboys in Allen Fieldhouse and also gave the Jayhawks 11 conference wins for the 17th-straight year. Oklahoma State fell to 16-11 overall and 4-9 in conference with the loss.
Marshall Moses led Oklahoma State with 26 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field and a 10-for-13 mark from the free throw line.
After leading 52-28 at halftime, Kansas never allowed the Cowboys to come within 19 points for the entire second half. The Jayhawks finished the game with a 54.4 field goal percentage, their ninth game in their last 11 to shoot at least 50 percent from the field. KU outrebounded Oklahoma State, 36-23, and also posted 19 assists compared to nine by the Cowboys.
To start the game, Marcus and Markieff combined for Kansas’ first 12 points, including one three-pointer each, until Reed made a three-pointer to give the Jayhawks a 15-8 lead with 15:48 remaining in the first half.
Leading 24-19 with 11:49 left in the opening frame, KU broke the game open by holding the Cowboys scoreless for more than six minutes while rattling off 12 unanswered points to take a commanding 36-19 advantage with 5:36 remaining in the first half. Marcus Morris had seven of Kansas’ 12 points during the stretch, including his second three-pointer of the game.
KU closed the half on a 7-0 run in the final two minutes to take a 52-28 margin into the intermission. Kansas shot 56.3 percent in the first half, while OSU posted a 45.5 percentage. The Jayhawks dominated points off turnovers in the opening period, 17-2.
Marcus Morris led the Jayhawks with 17 points at the break, while Moses had 16 points for the Cowboys. Little led KU with eight rebounds in 11 minutes of play in the first half.
Kansas will travel to Oklahoma for a 3 p.m. Saturday contest before returning to Lawrence for its final home game of the season against Texas A&M Wednesday at 8 p.m. Both games will be televised on ESPN.