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December 9, 1998


Kansas was outrebounded 24-12 in the second half of Tuesday's stunning loss to Iowa.

The Hawkeyes' work on the boards proved pivotal in the 85-81 victory that halted KU's 62-game homecourt win streak.

"That's directly pointed at Eric Chenowith," KU sophomore center Chenowith said. "What did I get six rebounds tonight, four against Kentucky? That's not enough. If I keep having those numbers, we'll lose."

Chenowith finished with six boards and 10 points in 29 minutes.

Chenowith couldn't believe KU held an 18-point lead with 13 minutes left. That's the biggest lead a Roy Williams-coached team has ever squandered. The previous biggest lost lead was 13 against Nebraska in 1991.

"It's mind-boggling is all I can say," Chenowith said. "Some of those threes those guys hit ... one was a bank. One was over two guys with their hands up. It was out of control out there."

Iowa hit eight of 11 threes in the second half.

"It was Kansas' fault tonight," Ryan Robertson said. "We had enough mistakes to go around."

Another amazing stat was turnovers. Iowa won despite a whopping 31 giveaways.

"I'd never think that a team could have 31 turnovers and beat us," Robertson said. "That's another thing hard to believe. The hardest thing to believe is we lost."

  • Stats, facts: KU had won 36 consecutive home games against nonconference opponents. ... Jeff Boschee (15 points, 3 of 8 threes) has hit a three in every game this season. ... Ryan Robertson had a season-high seven assists. ... Nick Bradford, who had six straight points in a second-half flurry, finished with nine. He scored his 300th career point. ... The country's longest current homecourt win streak belongs to Pacific (33 games) followed by Murray State (30). ... KU's 18 steals tied for the fifth most by a Williams-coached team.

  • Return game: Kansas will travel to Iowa next year to return the home-and-home series created for ESPN-TV. The Jayhawks are scheduled to meet the Hawkeyes on Dec. 7 in Iowa City.

KU also will travel to Alaska next year for the Great Alaska Shootout and Murfreesboro, Tenn., to meet Middle Tennessee State.

KU will visit Chicago for a meeting with Illinois on Dec. 18 at the United Center and will play St. Louis in the Sprint Shootout on Dec. 11 at Kemper Arena.

Penn, Pittsburg State and Maine will visit Allen Fieldhouse.

Floor Burns: Nick Bradford entered the game with a team-leading 27 "floor burns." A floor burn is credited to any player who "sacrifices his body" for the team, aka hit the deck for a loose ball.

-- Gary Bedore's phone message number is 832-7186. His e-mail address is

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