Sunday , Feb , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Jayhawks edge 19th-ranked Sooners

=== Jayhawks edge 19th-ranked Sooners ===

Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – Brandon Rush scored a game-high 18 points to
lead Kansas from a 16-point deficit for a 59-58 win over 19th-ranked Oklahoma
at Allen Fieldhouse.

Julian Wright recorded 14 points and eight rebounds for the Jayhawks (15-6,
6-2 Big 12), who have won five straight and 12 of their last 14 games. Mario
Chalmers contributed 10 points in the big conference win.

Terrell Everett led the Sooners with 14 points and seven boards. Taj Gray
chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma (14-5, 5-3), which had won
five straight before Sunday’s tilt in Lawrence.

The Sooners stormed out to a 16-7 lead, but Kansas went on a big run to grab a
one-point lead. The Jayhawks scored 13 of the next 16 points to claim a 20-19
edge. Rush’s layup capped the surge with about 4 1/2 minutes to go in the
opening half, but OU carried a 29-26 edge into the locker room.

Oklahoma started the second half just as it did the opening 20 minutes and
claimed a 50-34 advantage on a Gray dunk midway through the period.

But Kansas refused to be denied on its home court.

The Jayhawks used a big run, including a 15-0 spurt, to even the score at
53-53. Rush capped the surge on a jumper with less than three minutes left.

Rush later drove to the basket with less than a minute remaining in the game
and missed a layup. However, Wright was there to slam home the rebound and
give Kansas a 57-55 edge.

Michael Neal then gave Oklahoma a 58-57 lead with a three-pointer, but
Chalmers added a layup for a one-point Kansas lead with 19 seconds left.

Everett had two chances to give Oklahoma the win, but the first attempt was
blocked by Rush. His second shot glanced off the rim but OU got the ball back.

Kansas had a foul to give and did so with one second remaining before Oklahoma
missed on its last chance for the win.

Game Notes

Oklahoma has won four of the last five meetings with Kansas…The Sooners had
a 44-34 edge on the glass…Kevin Bookout had eight points and 11 rebounds in
the loss…Neal finished with 11 points.