Archive for Sunday, January 8, 1995

KU BEATS SMU

January 8, 1995

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— The Big O was a big hit in the Big D.

Greg Ostertag, Kansas' 7-foot-2 senior center from nearby Duncanville, Texas, scored 10 points, snared eight rebounds and blocked three shots in his homecoming, a 97-58 rout of Southern Methodist on Saturday night at Moody Coliseum.

The performance was a far cry from his first appearance at Moody. He had no points and two rebounds in 11 minutes in his first collegiate start three years ago.

"I wanted to do well in front of my home crowd this time," Ostertag said. "I did OK. I was pleased."

Ostertag struggled early, committing three turnovers in the first two minues. His first basket was a rim-bending dunk with 8:06 left in the first half that gave Kansas a commanding 29-13 lead.

Ostertag scored later in the half on a hook shot, two free throws and a turnaround jumper.

The attendance was listed at 6,223 and more than half of the fans were cheering for Kansas, most notably Ostertag.

"We get a lot of support at other places," said Ostertag, who issued 15 tickets to friends and family. "Dallas has a good alumni base of Kansas fans."

Ostertag managed just two points in the second half, but blocked three shots in a span of three minutes midway through the half before exiting with six minutes left.

Ostertag, KU's all-time leading shot blocker with 204, is five away from Oklahoma's Wayman Tisdale, who is fourth on the Big Eight's list with 209.

Freshman Raef LaFrentz and sophomore Scot Pollard also dominated inside. LaFrentz finished with a game-high 18 points, while Pollard had 12. Kansas outrebounded SMU, 58-30.

LaFrentz, coming off a personal-best 20-point performance Tuesday against East Tennessee State, said the Jayhawks couldn't afford to overlook the Mustangs and look ahead to Monday's Big Eight opener against Missouri.

"To quote coach (Roy) Williams, 'The most important game is today's game,'" LaFrentz said.

With three teams ahead of Kansas in the polls (Arkansas, UCLA and North Carolina) losing the past week, LaFrentz said it didn't matter where the fifth-rated Jayhawks would be ranked in Monday's poll.

"I don't care if we're ranked 100th, first or sixth," LaFrentz said.

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