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January 3, 1992


Roy Williams rarely removes his suit coat during a basketball game.

"It was the first time this year I've taken my coat off. I better stop there," said Williams, KU's basketball coach.

He received a technical foul AND removed his jacket with 14:45 left in regulation of Kansas' 79-73 overtime win over Pepperdine on Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Though Williams wouldn't say afterward there's a Big Eight rule against criticizing officials it's obvious he was enraged over a no-call on an Alonzo Jamison shot with 14:59 left and KU down 45-41.

KU's fans thought Pepperdine's Doug Christie should have been charged with goaltending.

Pepperdine scored three points right after the T. Damin Lopez made one of two free throws and Geoff Lear scored a bucket on the ensuing possession, hiking the Waves' lead to seven.

Williams drew the technical for pounding the table in front of KU broadcasters Bob Davis and Max Falkenstien.

"I was hoping I'd make it the whole season without (a technical)," Williams said. "There was a fly out on the table in front of Max and I wanted to see if I was quick enough to hit it. I was quick enough to get something, but not that fly."

Steve Woodberry, who had four points and five assists, went 0-for-3 from the free throw line. He missed one after scoring a game-tying bucket with 46 ticks in regulation and two more with :45 left in OT, KU up by two.

"They didn't hurt us as much as him. He wanted to die, kill himself after the one. . . still Steve came up with some big-time plays."

That including a steal with 45 ticks left in OT, KU up by two.

Adonis Jordan, who tied a career high with five steals, was impressed with the poise of Pepperdine, now 7-5, but 0-3 in overtimes.

"The thing I like about their team the most is they are real relaxed. They were not pressured by our crowd," he said. "I told Doug Christie, `Keep playing like this and you'll go a long way.'''

Rex Walters, who had 13 points 11 including three important three-pointers the final half has scored in double figures in 32 straight games.

KU is 3-2 in overtime under Williams. KU's last home overtime game was Feb. 15, 1989 versus Oklahoma. KU lost that one, 94-89.

KU hit 32 of 66 shots for 48.5 percent, including four of 13 threes. It's the second time this season KU hit below 50 percent from the field. Pepperdine's 2-3 zone was a factor.

"We had some bad, careless turnovers," Jordan said. "Myself, I was sloppy with my passes. I took a casual approach toward the zone. We've gotta penetrate more and get open shots. The first half, Rex had two shots against a zone. He's supposed to get 10 against a zone."

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