Jayhawks Fall to Longhorns in Austin, 79-76

Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas – Playing in their fifth-straight game against a ranked opponent, the No. 8 Kansas Jayhawks fell to the No. 20 Texas Longhorns, 76-79 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Monday night.

The Jayhawks fall to 19-4 (8-2 Big 12), while the Longhorns improve to 18-6 (7-4 Big 12). Kansas falls to 9-3 in games not played in Allen Fieldhouse this season.

Kansas opened the game by owning the glass, outrebounding the Longhorns 8-1 in the early minutes. Kansas used its rebounding advantage build into its lead, as KU found an early 18-11 lead with 11:43 remaining in the first half.

Texas responded by rattling off an 10-0 run to retake the lead at 21-18 with 8:27 left in the half. The Longhorns would draw their lead out to as many seven in the first half and took a 40-35 lead into the locker room.

The second half continued to be a back-and-forth affair between the two teams, as Kansas regained the advantage with just under 12 minutes remaining. After trading buckets, Braun put the Jayhawks up with an emphatic dunk to make the score 63-60 with 9:23 remaining.

Minutes later with the score tied at 67, Braun capitalized on a deep 3-point attempt to put Kansas up 70-67 with 6:35 remaining.

Tied at 72-72 and in possession of the basketball, the Jayhawks went in the paint to McCormack, who made a strong move to the basket and converted. After the McCormack basket, Agbaji got to the rim and scored on a put back on the Wilson miss to bring the score to 76-72 with 1:04 remaining.

After a Texas 3-pointer and failed possession KU, Texas retook the lead on a jumper from Timmy Allen to bring the score to 77-76 with 21 seconds remaining. Trailing by one with 18 seconds to go, Texas took over possession and was sent to the free throw line to make the score 79-76 with 6.8 seconds left.

Wilson was sent to the free throw line, but was unable to convert, giving the Longhorns their second-straight win against ranked opponents.

The Jayhawks were led by 18 points from Wilson, who shot 6-of-10 from the field, paired with a team-high 11 rebounds for his second double-double this season. The Jayhawks shot 58.3 percent (28-of-48) from the field in the game, while holding Texas to 42 percent (28-of-67) from the floor. The Longhorns were led by 24 points from Allen.

The Jayhawks return home to Allen Fieldhouse to host the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, February 12 at 12 p.m. on CBS.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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