Friday , Mar , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

No. 17 Kansas holds off Oklahoma State

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Sasha Kaun scored 16 points and grabbed five
rebounds as the Kansas Jayhawks held on to beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys,
63-62, in the Big Twelve Conference quarterfinals at American Airlines Arena.

Mario Chalmers tallied 15 points and Julian Wright totaled nine points and
nine boards for the 17th-ranked Jayhawks (23-7), who will play the winner of
Saturday’s semifinal matchup between Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Byron Eaton scored a game-high 18 points, including 5-of-6 from beyond the
arc, while JamesOn Curry added 17 points and Mario Boggan chipped in 10 for
the Cowboys (17-15), who had won three of their last four contests coming into
the game.

The Cowboys started the second half on a 12-2 run, highlighted by a pair of
three-pointers from Eaton, and a Jamaal Brown layup gave the Cowboys their
first lead of the game, 35-34, with 17:04 left.

Brandon Rush hit a pair of free-throws as the Jayhawks quickly regained the
lead with a 9-0 run to go ahead 43-35. The Cowboys went over eight minutes
without a field goal during the run.

With 6:42 left, the Oklahoma State pulled to within two, 48-46, as Boggan sank
a three-pointer.

Curry later missed from long distance with 1:14 left and the Cowboys down six,
57-51. On the ensuing possession, Chalmers hit two freebies to put the
Jayhawks up eight, 59-51, with 1:06 to go.

The Cowboys did not go away as Terrel Harris drained a three with 19.8 seconds
left, making it a 61-59 game.

Chalmers was sent to the line and converted both free-throws for a 63-59 edge.
Curry then tossed up an off-balanced three-pointer with nine seconds left that
missed badly and sealed the deal.

With the score tied at 10, Chalmers hit from long distance with 13:47 to go in
the first half to spark a 13-2 Jayhawks run. Chalmers had five points and C.J.
Giles had four points during the run.

The Cowboys responded with an 11-2 run of their own as Boggan scored seven of
the ten points, cutting the score to 25-23.

The Jayhawks ended the half by scoring the last seven points to take a nine-
point lead, 32-23, at the break. The half ended with a Jeff Hawkins layup at
the buzzer.

Game Notes

Kansas has won 13 of its last 14 games…The Jayhawks have not won the
Conference Tournament since 1999…The Jayhawks won despite shooting only 1-
of-9 from distance…The Cowboys committed 22 turnovers.