Points are fine, but assists really put a smile on Jacque Vaughn's face.
"Take the points back. I'll take the assists," Vaughn said after Kansas' 72-66 victory over Oklahoma on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Vaughn, KU's junior point guard, scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting and dished 11 assists as the Jayhawks improved to 15-1 overall, 3-0 in the Big Eight.
The 11 assists tied a KU record for most assists in a Big Eight game. The feat has been accomplished seven times in KU history.
"We got the ball in the middle of the zone a couple times," Vaughn said. He had several feeds to Scot Pollard and Raef LaFrentz, who scored 15 and 12 points respectively.
"I told Mr. Vitale (Dick, ESPN color announcer) we've got the best big men in the country," Vaughn added.
LaFrentz, who hit 6 of 11 shots, had 11 rebounds. Pollard, who hit 7 of 9, had nine boards.
And Vaughn hit 3 of 5 three-pointers. He's made 14 of 25 threes in KU's last eight games.
"By me becoming a threat outside, it opens it up for our big men," Vaughn said. "In my position, first and foremost my objective is to get the ball inside."
Vaughn didn't forget defense Monday. He even took a turn or two on OU All-America candidate Ryan Minor.
"I enjoyed the few times I guarded him. He's a great player," Vaughn said. "Jerod (Haase) did a great job on him. We take pride in our team defense."
Your shoes are untied: KU's Paul Pierce had to leave the game after a minute and a half to correct a problem with one of his shoes.
"I've got these long laces and they came out when somebody stepped on them," Pierce said. "I had to re-tie the laces and turn them into the shoes."
Pierce hit 3 of 10 shots and scored eight points. He's failed to crack double figures in the last four games.
Board work: Scot Pollard hit 7 of 9 shots and scored 15 points with his nine boards.
"I don't worry about stats a lot except rebounds. I know I have to get a lot of rebounds. It's my job," Pollard said.
He had no fouls the first half; five the second as he fouled out with 3:59 left, KU up 66-56.
Black tie affair: KU coach Roy Williams and OU coach Kelvin Sampson wore similar black ties.
"We had exactly the same colors but slightly different patterns. I told him to quit copying me. I put on mine first," Williams joked.
Approaching milestone win: KU's coach has 199 wins against 52 losses. His next win will be his 200th.
"It surprises the dickens out of me," Williams said. "It's something I never expected. It will feel good but won't feel good as an ego thing. It'll be one of those surprises."
Just nine years ago, Williams worked as one of Dean Smith's assistants at North Carolina. He's been here the last eight years and will reach win No. 200 faster than both Phog Allen and Norm Stewart, the two all-time winningest coaches in the league.
Stats, facts: KU has won eight straight; OU has lost three in a row...KU has won 23 straight home games ... KU's Vaughn has 10 career games with at least 10 assists, including three this season...Raef LaFrentz notched his sixth double-double of the season and ninth of his career...Over the last four games combined, Pollard has 39 rebounds with at least nine in each of the four contests...Pollard, who has 50 fouls, has fouled out twice...KU has wrapped up its 14th straight winning season...KU has hit at least one three-pointer in 100 straight games...KU has won 9 of 11 versus OU...
ISU tickets available: Several hundred tickets will go on sale today for the Iowa State game on Feb. 7. Tipoff is 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $20 with a limit of four and may be purchased at the ticket office in Allen Fieldhouse or by calling 864-3141.