Dallas Alonzo Jamison came to Big D with a bad knee unbeknownest to Kansas basketball fans.
The 6-6 senior forward apparently hurt himself during last Thursday night's game in Allen Fieldhouse.
"I did it sometime during the Pepperdine game," Jamison said after the Jayhawks' 79-67 victory over SMU here Saturday night. "It didn't hit me 'til I got up the next morning."
Jamison was unable to practice Friday.
"Yesterday I could barely walk," he said. "Today it was more sore. . .yesterday was a sharp pain."
Trainer Mark Cairns described the injury as a strained patellar tendon.
Jamison logged 24 minutes in spite of the wounded knee, and conceded he had difficulty doing what he wanted to do because of it.
"It hurt on defense a little because I couldn't slide like I wanted to," he said.
NEVERTHELESS, although sub-par physically, Jamison played hard. So, for the most part, did his teammates. But SMU played harder.
"They just outhustled us and our shots weren't falling," Jamison said.
Mainly, the shots weren't falling for Eric Pauley and Ben Davis, who made only four of 20 shots combined.
"Everybody has days like that," Jamison said. "They just can't let games like that get them down."
Coach Roy Williams said the Jayhawks "meandered around" in the second half, and Adonis Jordan, who led KU with 20 points, couldn't disagree.
"I guess we did a little bit," the junior guard said. "We got a little comfortable with our lead."
That lead came courtesy of the last 8 minutes of the first half, when the Jayhawks outscored the Ponies, 29-12.
Many of those points came off SMU turnovers.
"Defense is always gonna do it for us," said guard Rex Walters, who had three steals to go with 16 points. "Sometimes when we make 'em do what they don't want to do, we make things happen. That's what we were trying to do."
SMU, averaging 1,300 fans a game, called Saturday's crowd 7,800. At least 3,500 of them were Kansas fans, according to Scott McMichael of KU's Williams Fund.
"There was one big bloc in the southeast part of the arena," McMichael said, "and the rest were spread around."
While the Jayhawks were making their late first-half surge, Moody Coliseum sounded like Allen Fieldhouse South.
"We had a great crowd," KU coach Roy Williams said. "It wasn't an Allen Fieldhouse crowd, but when you're on the road that's about as good a crowd as you're gonna get."
Williams gave freshman Greg Ostertag his first collegiate start because the 7-2 center hails from nearby Duncanville.
Ostertag played 11 minutes and failed to score.
"He didn't have as great a night as I wanted," Williams said, "but he's doing good things."
Ostertag's parents, Jim and Jean, sat behind the KU bench.
"If you count everybody from Duncanville and from St. Paul Hospital," Jean Ostertag said, "there must have been about 300 to 400 here."
Jim Ostertag works at St. Paul Hospital.
SMU's Greg Kinzer had a career-high 19 rebounds. "It wasn't a conscious effort or anything," the 6-11 senior said. "I was working hard the whole game and the balls just came my way. . .It was Kansas, so it came at a nice time."
SMU outrebounded the Jayhawks, 41-31.
SMU coach John Shumate, asked about his team missing 16 of 30 free throws, said it: "It's frustrating for me and frustrating for the kids, especially when you make them in practice. It's just a concentration factor."
Also sitting behind the Kansas bench was David Jaynes, an All-American quarterback at KU in 1973. Jayhawks has lived in Dallas since 1986. He's in real estate.
Kansas shot 56.3 percent in the first half (18 of 32) but only 34.8 percent in the second half (eight of 23). However, the Jayhawks were 15 of 19 at the free throw line in the second half and made 21 of 30 overall.