Jayhawks work overtime to topple top-ranked Gators
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Brandon Rush’s layup with 26.9 seconds
remaining gave Kansas the lead, and the No. 10 Jayhawks survived a last-second
miss to beat the top-ranked Gators, 82-80, in overtime in the final game of
the Las Vegas Invitational.
Julian Wright had 21 points for the Jayhawks (5-1), who posted their first win
over a No. 1 team since topping Massachusetts in December of 1994. They did it
in dramatic fashion and snapped Florida’s (6-1) school-record 17-game winning
Taurean Green scored 25 and Joakim Noah added 17 for the Gators.
After Rush’s basket gave the Jayhawks the lead, Corey Brewer air-balled a jump
shot. Russell Robinson then made one free throw with 4.7 seconds left, but
missed the second attempt.
Noah rebounded for the Gators, and the defending national champions quickly
got the ball in the hands of Brewer, but his three-point try from the left
corner caromed off the rim as time expired.
The Jayhawks victory also snapped Florida’s 26-game winning streak versus non-
conference opponents, but not before a great end to regulation.
Robinson’s two free throws extended the Jayhawks to a 70-66 lead with
16.9 seconds left, but Brewer scored on a layup with 10 seconds left and was
fouled by Wright. Brewer missed the free throw, but the Gators got the
offensive board. Green missed a three-point try, but Noah tipped in the miss
to send the game into OT.
Lee Humphrey scored 16 for the Gators and Brewer had 11.
Darrell Arthur had 19 points and nine rebounds for Kansas. Rush and Mario
Chalmers each had 13 points for Kansas, which led 37-31 at the half.
Florida shot 44.5 percent, compared to 53.6 percent for Kansas…Robinson had
12 points and seven boards.