Coming off the bench, 7-foot-2 Greg Ostertag tries to give Kansas a lift.
"I like to come in and block shots to get us going," said Ostertag. He had one block, plus 12 points in Kansas' 85-78 loss to Louisville Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
"Against Pepperdine, I came in and got two blocks and it seemed to spark the team. That's my main goal, to come in and do what I can to help us win."
On Saturday, Ostertag's offense and rebounding helped keep KU in the game.
Down by nine early, KU cut the gap to 13-7 on a Patrick Richey three-pointer. Ostertag blocked a Greg Minor shot on Louisville's next possession.
Richey had his own shot blocked, but Ostertag put in a follow shot as he was fouled.
After pumping his fist wildly in the air, he hit the free throw, cutting the gap to 13-10 eight minutes into the game.
"I was really fired up when I got that three-point play," Ostertag said.
Ostertag also cashed two straight buckets for KU later in the half, keeping KU within four points of the Cards. He finished with 12 tallies on five of eight shooting, plus six boards. He scored seven points while playing just four minutes the first half.
"I didn't think I'd score like that," said Ostertag, who had 15 in KU's season-opener against Maryland Baltimore County. "It's tough to lose this one, especially at home in front of a crowd of over 15,000 people. This is a learning process. We'll forget about it and build from it."