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No. 11 Kansas’s long-distance prowess overcomes Bamba, Texas basketball

Freshman center Mohamed Bamba came up big against No. 11 Kansas, with 22 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocked shots, but the Texas men's basketball team still lost to the Jayhawks, 92-86 (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — Kansas was prepared to beat Texas by spreading the floor and shooting from beyond the three-point arc, but when the Longhorns’ Mohamed Bamba blocked nearly every short the 11th-ranked Jayhawks took in the paint in the first half, living on the outside made discretion is the better part of valor.

Devonte' Graham scored 23 points and Lagerald Vick added 21 as Kansas put on a shooting clinic to beat Texas, 92-86, on Friday before a crowd of 15,802 fans at the Frank Erwin Center in the Big 12 Conference opener for each team.

The Longhorns (9-4, 0-1 Big 12) trailed, 86-72, with three

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 .