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January 7, 1999


— Remember the warm, fuzzy feelings expressed after Kansas' men's basketball rout of Texas A&M; last Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse?

Well, you can throw those out the window today after the No. 18-ranked Jayhawks' unimpressive 66-62 victory over lowly Baylor on Wednesday night at near-deserted Ferrell Center.

"I'm about as frustrated now as I've been in my entire life," KU coach Roy Williams said after the Jayhawks watched a healthy 13-point lead (61-48 with 5:34 left) shrink to three late. "Roy Williams is just doing a horrible job with this basketball team."

Sure, KU's 11th-year coach was pleased his club improved to 10-3 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12. It's the way the Jayhawks won that put him in a blue mood.

KU hit just three of its last 15 shots and managed only two baskets in the final 13 minutes.

All against the worst shooting team in the Big 12 -- a Baylor team that hit just 33.9 percent of its shots Wednesday to Kansas' 42.3 mark.

"We were taking bad shots and they were shooting layups," Williams said. "If you are going to live by the jump shot (KU hit six of 15 three-pointers), you'll die by it. Tonight we should have died. We were fortunate. We were lucky.

"We've practiced and it doesn't look like we've practiced. That's the most discouraging thing to me. It's as negative as I've been in my entire life and it's exactly how I feel."

KU appeared en route to a double-digit victory with 5:34 left when Marlon London's bucket gave the Jayhawks a 61-48 lead. But BU center Kish Lewis countered by scoring seven of his 21 points in a 10-0 surge that cut the deficit to 61-58 at 1:07.

KU's Eric Chenowith swished two free throws at :41.1, giving KU a 63-58 advantage.

Lewis converted a stickback at :31, slicing the gap to three points again.

At :19, Chenowith iced two additional free throws, upping the margin to 65-60.

"That's great, great play in the last two to three minutes by Eric Chenowith. He makes four big free throws," Williams said. Chenowith finished with 11 points and seven rebounds on a night KU was outboarded, 44-33.

Baylor, which fell to 6-8 overall and 0-2 in the league, was not finished, however.

Lewis hit two free throws at :09.5, cutting the gap to 65-62.

KU's Ryan Robertson had his string of 23 consecutive made free throws snapped with 7.6 ticks remaining, but Chenowith tapped the miss to point guard Jeff Boschee, who was fouled and hit one of two free throws with four seconds to play.

"Our intensity and attention to detail was not good, yet Eric gets the tap on Ryan's free throw that may have saved the game," Williams said. "Eric does that, yet we were so dumb we turn it over three times in a row just because a team puts a little pressure on us."

KU had 18 turnovers. Chenowith had six to lead the team.

"When you are 9-of-24 shooting the second half, you've got to feel lucky," Williams said. "I tried to talk to our kids about Baylor was gonna be inspired. When you have turmoil and have good kids, they'll rally around each other and they did that."

Baylor's best player -- Tevis Stukes -- quit the team earlier this week.

"I told Harry (BU coach Miller) it doesn't solve his problems, but he should feel better about his club than I do mine," Williams said.

KU was led by freshmen Boschee and London, who scored 14 and 12 points, respectively. Boschee hit three of six threes after entering the game in a three-of-26 shooting slump from beyond the arc.

"I hit a couple in the first half that seemed to help us and give us a little lift offensively," Boschee said. In fact, his two threes in the final minute helped KU open a 39-31 halftime lead. "I was in rhythm and had my feet set and they went down."

London had seven points and two steals the first half. He finished with a career high in points for the second game in a row.

"Marlon was important to us the first half and made a big three the second half," Williams said of London's trey that gave KU a 51-40 lead at 15:59.

Also, KU senior Nick Bradford had six assists and four turnovers, while sophomore Kenny Gregory added nine points and six boards.

Collectively, however, Williams saw it as a very ugly show. How the heck did KU come away with a win?

"God blessed us a little more than He did them," Williams said.

As far as taking a "step backward," Williams noted, "I didn't think we were on track after Saturday (A&M; rout). I don't feel you are on track unless you play 10 games. One game doesn't mean anything. It gets fans excited and people who don't know anything about basketball excited, thinking things are rosy."

KU will next meet Iowa State on Saturday night in an 8:05 p.m. tip at Allen Fieldhouse.

-- Gary Bedore's phone number is 832-7186. His email address is

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