Oklahoma Postgame Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

Feb. 23, 2009

• No. 3/3 Oklahoma’s streak of 19 straight home wins (including 10 consecutive Big 12 victories) came to an end with an 87-78 loss to No. 15/15 Kansas.  OU played without preseason All-American Blake Griffin (concussion in first half of Saturday’s game at Texas).

• The Sooners (25-3, 11-2) have dropped their last two Big 12 contests after opening with the conference’s second-best start ever (11-0). 

• Outscoring the entire KU team over the first 11-plus minutes by a count of 10-to-8, Willie Warren hit four of his first five field goal attempts (including a pair of 3-pointers).  The freshman had 12 points, three rebounds and an assist in 19 first-half minutes.
• Warren finished the night with team highs in points (23), assists (three) and minutes played (38).  Warren (8-of-16 from the field) also added three rebounds and a steal before fouling out. 

• OU used a 20-2 run to go ahead 22-8 at the 9:46 mark of the first half, but KU scored the next 16 points to take a 24-22 lead.  The Jayhawks ended the half on a 28-7 run to go up 36-29 intermission.

• The Sooners trailed 58-38 after a Tyshawn Taylor layup at the 10:40 mark of the second half, but proceeded on a 30-13 run to close within three (71-68) on a 3-pointer by Omar Leary with 3:40 remaining.  

• Ryan Wright earned his first collegiate start, in place Griffin.  Wright had a team-high seven rebounds in 23 minutes – both numbers marking his most in a Sooner uniform. 

• Wright’s start marked the first time this season that Oklahoma had not opened with the same starting five.  Prior to tonight’s contest, Tony Crocker, Blake Griffin, Taylor Griffin, Austin Johnson and Willie Warren had started all 27 games on the year.

• Juan Pattillo scored a career-high 15 points and added six rebounds, two blocks and an assist in 27 minutes.

• KU’s Tyshawn Taylor and Sherron Collins led all scorers with 26 points.  Taylor’s scoring output marked a career high, while all but four of Collins’ points came in the second stanza.  Collins made only one two-point field goal and was 9-for-12 at the free throw line.

• Collins scored 17 of the Jayhawks final 24 points –including makes on his final three 3-point attempts. 
• Kansas’ Cole Aldrich pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds to lead both teams.

• KU was just the fourth OU opponent to break the 80-point barrier on the season, joining Purdue (82), Arkansas (96) and Oklahoma State (81).

• The OU bench outscored the Kansas reserves 33-13.  Cade Davis (15 points) and Omar Leary (six points) came off the bench to combine for 21 points – all in the second half.  Davis’ 12 points marked his second double-figure outing in the last 22 contests (second in the last three).  He was 4-for-6 from 3-point territory.   

• The Sooners were 16-of-21 (.762) from the foul line in the second stanza after going 3-of-9 (.333) in the first half. 

• Oklahoma guards Austin Johnson and Tony Crocker played a combined 13 minutes in the second half. 

• The two squads combined for 71 free-throw attempts on 60 total fouls.