- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 24, 2009

From combined dispatches

AP TOP 25 MEN

No. 15 Kansas 87, No. 3 Oklahoma 78: Tyshawn Taylor scored a career-high 26 points and Sherron Collins added 22 of his 26 points in the second half as the Jayhawks took over first place in the Big 12 with a victory Monday night against the Sooners in Norman, Okla.

Cole Aldrich was able to dominate inside with the Sooners missing preseason All-American Blake Griffin because of a concussion suffered Saturday at Texas. He had 15 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as the Jayhawks (23-5, 12-1) took control in the race for their fifth straight conference title.

The Sooners (22-3, 11-2) deployed a fullcourt press to eat away at the Jayhawks’ lead, which reached 20 midway through the second half. But the rally only cut the deficit to three in the final minutes.

Willie Warren led the way with 23 points for Oklahoma, which has lost two in a row.

Aldrich and Markieff Morris each had two-handed jams in a 15-2 spurt by the Jayhawks, and stretched their lead to 58-38 when the Sooners were called for goaltending on Taylor’s layup with 10:38 to play.

After a wild first half, that certainly didn’t put the Sooners out of it.

Cade Davis followed Omar Leary’s 3-pointer with two of his own to pull Oklahoma within 62-56 with just under 7 minutes to play, and Griffin came out to halfcourt to greet his teammates and pat Juan Pattillo on the back at the next stoppage.

Leary hit another 3 to cut the deficit to 71-68 with 3:36 to play, but Collins answered at the other end and then did it again after Warren’s 3 again got the Sooners within three.

Warren was called for an offensive call on Oklahoma’s next possession, and Pattillo then missed a right-handed dunk as the Jayhawks extended the lead out to 80-71 when Taylor made up for two missed free throws with a layup. Kansas was able to seal it from the free-throw line after that.

Pattillo finished with 15 points and Taylor Griffin, Blake’s older brother, scored 11 for Oklahoma, which had a 19-game home winning streak snapped. Point guard Austin Johnson had the Sooners’ opening basket, but used a heat pad on his troublesome back during the game and didn’t score again in the final 39 minutes.

AP TOP 25 WOMEN

No. 12 Texas A&M 57, No. 2 Oklahoma 56: Takia Starks hit a layup in the lane with six seconds left to lead the Aggies to a win against the second-ranked Sooners in College Station, Texas, ending the Sooners’ 20-game winning streak.

The Aggies (21-5, 9-4 Big 12) trailed by one before Starks got the ball at the top of the key and drove into the lane for the winner. She also had a long jumper with two minutes left to get Texas A&M within striking distance.

No. 9 North Carolina 74, N.C. State 57: Italee Lucas scored 16 points to help the Tar Heels beat the Wolfpack in Raleigh.

Cetera DeGraffenreid and Jessica Breland each added 14 for the Tar Heels (24-4, 9-3 ACC), who won their third straight overall and extended their dominance against their nearby rival. North Carolina ran out to an early double-digit lead and never trailed to earn its 17th win in 19 meetings. The Tar Heels led by as many as 19 in the second half.

AREA MEN

HOWARD 81, COPPIN ST. 74: Eugene Myatt scored 41 points, tying a career high, to lead the Bison in a win against the Eagles at Burr Gymnasium.

Curtis White added 17 points for the Bison (8-19, 6-7 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), who snapped a three-game losing skid.

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