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Jayhawks Stick to Fundamentals, Outlast Texas Basketball

Isaiah Taylor versus Kansas (Photo: courtesy Texassports.com).

Isaiah Taylor versus Kansas (Photo: courtesy Texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

All the pyrotechnics, loud music, orange and white balloons falling from the ceiling and bravado produced prior to the game were no match for Kansas’ steady, fundamental basketball as the 11th-ranked Jayhawks ran away from No. 17 Texas in the second half in a 75-62 win Saturday before a capacity crowd of 16,540 at the Erwin Center.

Kansas got a team-leading 15points off the bench from freshman Cliff Alexander and double-figure scoring from three other players, Brannen Greene (14 points), Perry Ellis (14 points) and Frank Mason III (12 points). Greene hit on four of his five 3-point attempts.

The Jayhawks (16-3, 5-1 in Big 12 play) shrugged off a torrid start for Texas, steadied their ship with their own hot shooting streak and took a 32-30 halftime lead.

The second half see-sawed back and forth for the first six minutes before Kansas went to work on Texas’s vaunted zone defense, using dribble penetration from

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .