STILLWATER, OKLA. A horrid first half pretty much doomed Kansas to defeat Monday night.
The second-ranked Jayhawks scored just 20 points -- their lowest total since a 20-point half against Oklahoma State in 1992 -- in a 79-69 loss to the Cowboys at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
KU hit just nine of 25 shots -- and one of six three-pointers -- the first 20 minutes. Sean Pearson, who finished with 11 points, was KU's first-half leader with five.
"We were taking the first shot they wanted us to take," said Pearson, who hit four of 10 shots. "It isn't anything specific that they were doing on defense, it was us trying to take the first shot instead of waiting until somebody was open."
The Jayhawks had eight turnovers the first half and 12 for the game. OSU had 13 bobbles.
"I don't think we were pressing, we just didn't get it going our way," said KU guard Jacque Vaughn, who had nine assists, five turnovers, four points and four fouls while playing 34 minutes. "The way we've been playing defense, we didn't do it tonight and it showed."
KU guard Jerod Haase hit one of five shots the first half and six of 15 for the game. He canned two of eight threes. As a team, the Jayhawks made just six of 22 from beyond the arc.
OSU was equally chilly, canning five of 15 threes. Sharpshooter Randy Rutherford was 4-of-11.
"It was probably a mixture of both," Haase said, crediting OSU's defense while criticizing the KU offense. "They were doing a good job on defense, but we need to work it inside."
KU big men Greg Ostertag, Raef LaFrentz and Scot Pollard combined for 22 points on 10-of-22 shooting. Front-liner B.J. Williams was 2-of-2 and scored four points.
"I said (in locker room) their defense was a heck of a lot better than our offense was," KU coach Roy Williams said. "They were more aggressive, more physical, and I don't mean that in a dirty way at all. They were just willing to put out to get to the spots they were supposed to be.
"When we got it inside, we got it to our players eight feet from the basket and they got it into Bryant four feet from the basket."
Fatigue factor: The Jayhawks, 17-3 overall and 6-2 in the league, played Saturday at home and Monday at OSU. Okie State beat Colorado on Saturday in Stillwater.
"It's a tough part of our schedule when you play Saturday and turn right around and play Monday, but at the same time, you have to feel good about those Monday games because that means you have to have won some games in the past if they want you on Big Monday," Williams said.
"It seems like we have a lot of those right before we play people on the road. Two years ago we were the only team that had a Saturday road game and a Monday road game and last year there were two of us. But that's basketball and you have to get ready to play and that was bad coaching on my part."
Day of game arrival: Williams and KU athletic director Bob Frederick flew in Monday afternoon, while the team arrived Sunday. Williams stayed to be with wife Wanda, who has been hospitalized with an ear infection.
Stats, facts: Bryant Reeves became the fifth player in Big Eight history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career, joining Danny Manning, Wayman Tisdale, Byron Houston and Doug Smith ... Reeves became the first player in OSU history to record 30 points (33) and 20 rebounds (20) in the same game. His 20 rebounds were a career high. He had 17 twice before ... OSU extended its home win streak to 15 games and is 61-4 at home in the Eddie Sutton era ... The last time OSU defeated a team ranked as high as No. 2 was in 1989, when the 'Pokes defeated then No. 1-Oklahoma, 77-73, at Gallagher-Iba ... OSU has beaten KU three straight times. It's the first time KU has lost three straight to a league team since OU in 1990 and '91.