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Taylor, Texas take down Kansas

Austin, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Isaiah Taylor scored 23 points and No. 25 Texas came through with another impressive victory over a ranked opponent, an 81-69 decision over sixth-ranked Kansas that dealt the Jayhawks their first Big 12 loss.

The Longhorns (17-4, 6-2 Big 12) vaulted into the top 25 on the strength of successive wins over Iowa State, Kansas State and Baylor -- all of whom were ranked at the time -- then further validated themselves by stifling the Jayhawks into one of their worst offensive performances of the season.

Kansas (16-5, 7-1), which came in shooting 51 percent on the campaign, was held to a 38.5 percent success rate from the field and trailed by double digits much of the way en route to having a seven-game win streak halted.

Freshman sensation Andrew Wiggins mustered just seven points on 2-of-12 shooting against the Longhorns' stout defense.

Jonathan Holmes aided Texas' cause with a 22-point effort, while DeMarcus Holland pulled down 11 rebounds in the Longhorns' sixth straight triumph overall.

Wayne Selden paced the Jayhawks with 21 points.

Texas took control via a 17-7 first-half run and didn't let up from there, building a lead as high as 17 points before cruising into the break with a 38-23 lead.

Taylor was the driving force behind the aforementioned spurt, accounting for seven of the Longhorns' points while outshining Wiggins in a matchup of freshman standouts. He started the flurry with a triple that snapped a 10-10 tie, then later capped it with a coast-to-coast layup that put Texas up 27-17 with 5:39 left in the period.

A 9-0 sequence, in which Holmes potted the final seven points, later in the frame extended the margin to 38-21 before Kansas' Joel Embiid closed out the half by making two free throws.

Kansas, which shot a meager 25.8 percent (8-for-31) over the initial 20 minutes, failed to make much headway after the break. Selden and Naadir Tharpe each drained 3-pointers during a 7-0 run that cut the lead to 47-34 with 15:12 left, but the Jayhawks went without a basket over the next three minutes and never seriously threatened the rest of the way.

The Jayhawks got as close as 77-66 with 1:41 to go, before Texas sank 4-of-6 foul shots down the stretch to deny any late comeback hopes.

Game Notes

Austin was coming off a career-high 27-point effort in last Saturday's 74-60 win at Baylor ... The Longhorns were facing four straight ranked opponents for the first time in program history ... Kansas, which shot 50 percent or better in each of its previous four games, fell to 3-4 this season when failing to hit that mark ... Texas' 17-4 record is its best after 21 games since an 18-3 start in 2010-11 ... Kansas had won five straight and eight of the last nine meetings in the series dating back to a win in the 2008 Big 12 Championship Game.

02/01 19:50:03 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
9th
COL 9
PHI 10
 
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
4th
BOS 0
BAL 3
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
2nd
CHI 51
WAS 46
 
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
1st Intermission
MON 1
TAM 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3