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December 9, 1998

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If only Game No. 63 was as easy to deal with as the previous 62 victories.

As Kansas' 62-game home winning streak ended Tuesday night with an 85-81 loss to Iowa, a sellout crowd of 16,300 at Allen Fieldhouse was only half as stunned as KU seniors T.J. Pugh and Ryan Robertson.

"To be honest with you, this is our worst nightmare come true," Robertson said. "T.J. and I were talking about this the other day and it hurts really bad."

Pugh, playing in his first home game of the year after missing Kansas' first three games with an ankle injury, was equally astonished.

"I never would have thought that any team I played on would get beat here," Pugh said. "But buildings don't win basketball games, players do -- and we just didn't get the job done tonight."

The Jayhawks (5-2), whose last home defeat came on Feb. 20, 1994 against Missouri, floundered the nation's longest home winning streak. KU's streak of 36 straight home wins against nonconference opponents also bit the dust.

"Right now I think we have to go back to our original goals in the season," Pugh said. "It gets down to details and doing what the coaches tell us to do and I don't think we did that tonight in the second half."

The Jayhawks watched an 18-point second-half lead evaporate, in part, due to poor rebounding. Kansas was outboarded by the Hawkeyes 24-12 after halftime.

"It hurts to not have Lester (Earl) or Ashante (Johnson) out there grabbing rebounds, but we have to play with the cards we've been dealt," Robertson said.

Robertson, who finished with 12 points and is the only Jayhawk this season to score in double figures in every game this year, feels the Jayhawks will improve.

"I feel we can still make waves come March," Robertson said. "We just need to go back to the drawing board and see where we're making mistakes and correct it."

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