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Cowboys stun Jayhawks 84-79

And there was much rejoicing in Manhattan and Columbia as the sky fell in Lawrence.

Oklahoma State v Kansas Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

It was another bad day at home for the good guys as Oklahoma State rolled into Lawrence and dominated Kansas, pretty much from start to finish, in an 84-79 victory.

Devonte Graham canned a three to open the scoring, but it never really went KU’s way all morning. The Cowboys opened up a 14-10 lead before the under-12 timeout, a lead which quickly ballooned to 26-14, then 30-19, and before you knew it, Oklahoma State led 46-28 after a Lindy Waters three with 3:23 to go until halftime. OSU would take a 46-33 lead into the break.

Kansas made an early run at the Cowboys in the second half, closing to within 52-45 with 16:18 to play on a Malik Newman three, but OSU quickly went back up by double digits. Down 78-70 with under 2 minutes to go, Kansas made another run at it, this time closing to 82-79 after a pair of Devonte Graham free throws with 14 seconds left. But OSU’s Kendall Smith iced it at the other end with a pair of his own, and OSU came away with the upset.

Oklahoma State rebounded 11 of its first 15 misses while building it’s 18-point first half lead, just killing the Jayhawks on the glass. OSU finished with rebounding 53.3% of its misses for the game. At one point, the Cowboys had more second-chance points (18) than KU had total points (16).

The other killer for the Jayhawks was behind the three point arc. OSU hit 12-27 (44.4%) for the game, while KU hit just 8-22 (36.4%), with Svi being the main culprit, hitting just 2-9 from deep. Oklahoma State successfully alternated between man and zone throughout the game, keeping KU’s offense out of rhythm. Conversely, the Jayhawks consistently left OSU shooters open, and unlike K-State back on Monday, the Cowboys made the Jayhawks pay by hitting over 50% from the field (32-62, 51.6%).

Udoka Azubuike led the Jayhawks with 20 points, going 8-11 from the floor and 4-7 from the stripe.

This is the first time in the Bill Self era that the Jayhawks have lost three home games (1998-99).

Up next, you must try to convince fellow KU fan that Bill Self should not be fired, the sun will rise again tomorrow, and that #14 is far from a sure thing.

Kansas will host TCU on Tuesday, Feb 6, at 8 PM Jayhawk time on ESPN2.