Jayhawks pull away down stretch

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- This time, Kelvin Sampson's complaints
hurt Oklahoma.

The Sooners' coach received a costly technical foul in a 79-58
loss to No. 20 Kansas on Sunday, two days after being reprimanded
by the university and the Big 12 Conference.

Sampson, who was reprimanded for criticizing officials in
Wednesday's 94-87 overtime loss at Colorado, drew the technical
after Sooners center Jabahri Brown fouled out with just over eight
minutes left.

"They didn't tell me what the technical was for," Sampson
said. "I have nothing else to say about the officiating."

There was no disputing the technical helped Kansas turn a
10-point lead into a 15-point cushion in a hurry.

Wayne Simien, who led the Jayhawks with 26 points, hit both free
throws resulting from Sampson's technicals. Michael Lee followed
with a 3-pointer, giving Kansas a 64-49 lead. Kansas outscored the
Sooners 20-9 after the technical.

"We were pretty fired up already, but it helped," said Lee, a
backup guard who scored all 12 of his points in the second half.
"It really got our crowd into it."

Keith Langford added 22 points for the Jayhawks (18-7, 10-4 Big
12), who improved to 7-0 in conference home games.

The Jayhawks might have lost freshman center David Padgett for
the second time this season. Padgett, who missed two games in
January with a stress fracture in his right foot, fell hard in the
lane after getting tangled up with Oklahoma's De'Angelo Alexander
midway through the second half.

Padgett was unable to put any weight on the foot and had to be
helped to the locker room. He did not return, but coach Bill Self
said X-rays showed no broken bones.

"He's a tough kid," Self said. "He'll come back, and he'll be
back faster than anybody would think he could."

Freshman guard J.R. Giddens also left the game after rolling his
ankle, but Self said the injury did not appear to be serious.

Lawrence McKenzie led Oklahoma with 15 points, and Jason Detrick
added 10 points. The Sooners (16-9, 6-8) have lost four straight,
and five of seven.

Oklahoma, which trailed by 13 points just over 7{ minutes in,
cut the deficit to five at the half and got within 40-38 on
Detrick's basket with 17:41 left.

However, Lee answered with a 3-pointer 21 seconds later,
starting an 11-0 run for the Jayhawks.

"We had it down to two. We had a chance," Detrick said. "We
just missed some shots and we didn't get back to stop their
transition game."

Lee scored in double figures for just the second time this

"Michael Lee was terrific today, and it didn't have anything to
do with him making shots," Self said. "I thought his energy was
great. I thought that he played great defense. When he worries
about those things instead of worrying about his defense, then he
naturally shoots it better."

Kansas hit nine of its first 12 shots and led 20-7 with 12:21
left in the first half when Jeff Graves' dunk capped a 12-0 run.

Aaron Miles had the most spectacular of his 10 assists on the
play. He fell while tracking down a loose ball at midcourt, wound
up on his backside -- while avoiding a traveling violation -- and
flipped a backhand bounce pass to Graves, who was behind him and
cutting toward the basket.

"I guess I was just in the right place at the right time,"
Miles said. "I was just lucky that Graves was running alongside."

Kansas had a 23-9 edge in assists and outrebounded the Sooners


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