The Jayhawks had won 69 consecutive games at home, the longest active streak in the nation. But Kansas (18-1, 3-1 Big 12) went through a massive collapse for a long stretch in the second half, during which its double-digit lead turned into a double-digit deficit.
By the time the Jayhawks started scoring again, there was very little margin for error. But they didn’t make some necessary shots or get necessary stops, and suffered the program’s first home loss since a February 3, 2007 setback to Texas A&M.
Kansas’ loss means there are only two undefeated teams left — top-ranked Ohio State, which edged Illinois earlier Saturday, and No. 6 San Diego State.
Jordan Hamilton added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Longhorns (16-3, 4-0), who had never before won at Allen Fieldhouse. Texas was 0-9 at the arena entering Saturday’s game, but the victory kept the Longhorns at the top of the Big 12 standings.
Kansas’ loss was all the more shocking because it seemed to control the game from the start. The Jayhawks scored the first 10 points and extended their lead to 18-3 a little more than five minutes in.
Kansas limited Texas to eight field goals in the first half, leading by double digits almost the entire way, and carried a 35-23 advantage into the break.
The Longhorns generated an offensive rhythm early in the second half by drawing fouls and making a few short baskets, though Kansas still led by double-digits with 13:53 left, when Reed made two free throws for a 42-32 game.
But the Jayhawks’ collapse started there. Texas scored six consecutive points to slash its deficit, and back-to-back threes from Brown gave the Longhorns their first lead, 45-44, with 10:40 left.
With 7:38 remaining, Cory Joseph sank a three, then drained a jumper on Texas’ next possession. He also punctuated the Longhorns’ run with another triple. Joseph hoisted the shot from about five feet past the arc as the shot clock ran out, and it banked in to give Texas a 59-48 advantage with 5:17 left.
Kansas scrambled down the stretch, trying to make shots to get back in the game.
Marcus Morris’ short jumper with 3:07 left pulled the Jayhawks within 63-56, and he even got the rebound of his own missed free throw. But Tyshawn Taylor missed a layup, and Joseph’s free throw at the other end extended Texas’ lead to eight.
Markieff Morris provided Kansas’ likely last good chance at getting back in the game with 1:39 to go, when he completed a three-point play to make it a 66-61 contest.
However, the Jayhawks weren’t able to get a stop despite using a full-court press, as they had on previous possessions. After Texas broke the press, the Longhorns let the shot clock run down before Gary Johnson made a long two- pointer from the right corner with just more than a minute left.
Following Taylor’s missed layup at the other end, Texas made six foul shots to secure the victory.
Joseph finished with 11 points and nine boards for the Longhorns, while Tristan Thompson had 12 points…Texas made 25-of-31 free throws, compared to 11-of-18 for Kansas…The Longhorns held a 42-33 rebounding advantage.