Asked by a reporter what he thought about all the fouls, Alonzo Jamison broke into a smile.
"What are you trying to make me say?" the Kansas senior said after the Jayhawks' 92-80 overtime victory over Missouri on Monday night in MU's Hearnes Center.
Kansas was whistled for 33 fouls and Missouri shot 49 free throws, making 33. In contrast, KU shot 33 charities, making 25, off 24 toots against the Tigers.
Well, Alonzo, what about it?
"I thought we were playing good defense," he replied. "Unfortunately, the calls went against us."
Kansas' defense was as good as Jamison's post-game diplomacy. Missouri's poor shooting 23 of 60 for 38.3 per cent testified to that. KU paid for it, though, with four players fouling out.
"THE FOULS weren't going our way tonight," junior guard Adonis Jordan said, echoing Jamison. "Every time I looked up Anthony was at the free throw line."
Missouri's Anthony Peeler was 13 of 13 at the foul stripe, including a pair with :01.1 showing in regulation that forced overtime. Going into the extra period, three Jayhawks Eric Pauley, Richard Scott and Ben Davis had been disqualified.
"It was looking pretty grim, but we hung in there," Pauley said.
Grim is in the eye of the beholder, and Jamison believed the Jayhawks' cup was half-full, not half-empty.
"We knew at the end of regulation the game was ours," Jamison said. "I felt they were on the defensive."
Even when Jamison fouled out 1:36 into the extra period, he was confident.
"I knew they could do anything they wanted without me," the 6-6 senior said. "Steve really stepped up."
SOPHOMORE STEVE Woodberry buried a momentum-building three-pointer 14 seconds into the overtime, and finished with a career-high 19 points.
"Anybody on our team can step up," Jamison said. "It was Steve's turn tonight."
It wasn't any surprise that Jordan stepped up, too, but the category was. Jordan wound up with a career-high eight boards while uncharacteristically missing eight of 10 shots.
"I wish I was shooting it better," Jordan said, "but you have nights like that."
Even though Jordan wasn't clicking offensively, Kansas was able to escape with the important Big Eight road victory because of its three-point shooting. Woodberry went three for three and Rex Walters three for six. Overall, Kansas made seven of 13 treys.
Missouri, meanwhile, made just one of 15 threes. Peeler missed five of six; Melvin Booker missed all five he tried.
THUS KANSAS rebounded emphatically from its first defeat two nights earlier to Louisville, and now it's off to Colorado for another Big Eight road game.
Saturday's game in Boulder starts at 7:08 p.m., Lawrence time. It'll be televised live on the Prime Network. That's cable channel 45 here.
Roy Williams was expected to announce today that guard Sean Tunstall, who was suspended during the first semester, will not be reinstated.
Kansas has handed Missouri three of its last five home losses. MU has won 80 of its last 85 in the Hearnes Center.
Kansas hit 30 of 60 shots to become the first team to shoot at least 50 percent against the Tigers this season.