NORMAN, Okla. – Buddy Hield came away with the steal, ran out to the other end of the court for a dunk that wouldnt count. It was still time for Oklahoma to celebrate, and Hield would get bounced around on fans shoulders in a rare on-the-court postgame party at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Romero Osby scored 17 points, Steven Pledger added 15 and the Sooners held off No. 5 Kansas 72-66 on Saturday for their first victory over a top-five team in seven years.
With the Jayhawks (19-4, 7-3 Big 12) on a surprising three-game slide, the conference regular-season championship is up for grabs.
Its a step, but theres a lot of steps, Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. There are a bunch of small steps necessary, and again it happens because these guys have worked hard and continue to work at it and have maintained a real good attitude about getting better each day.
The Sooners (15-7, 6-4) snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series and took down a top-five opponent for the first time since beating No. 4 Texas on Jan. 28, 2006.
Freshman Jelon Hornbeak went 4 for 6 at the free-throw line in the final minute, just enough to keep the Jayhawks at bay.
Just a week ago, Kansas had the nations longest winning streak at 18 games. Now, the program is on its first three-game losing streak since February 2005.
Obviously three in a row is not good, but this game to me today, Im not leaving out of here disgusted with my team at all because we actually played better today, said Kansas coach Bill Self, who was highly critical of his team after a loss at last-place TCU on Wednesday.
We played a good team today, and they shot the heck out of the basketball.
No. 2 FLORIDA 83, MISSISSIPPI STATE 58: In Gainesville, Fla., Mike Rosario scored 18 points, and Erik Murphy added 17 to lead the Gators (19-3, 9-1 SEC).
Casey Prather, playing in place of injured forward Will Yeguete, chipped in 12 points and five rebounds. Yeguete had arthroscopic surgery Friday on his right knee and will miss at least the rest of the regular season.
No. 6 GONZAGA 74, LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT 55: In Spokane, Wash., Kevin Pangos and Kelly Olynyk each scored 20 points as the Bulldogs (23-2, 10-0 West Coast) appear poised to break into the top five on Monday thanks to losses by No. 1 Indiana, No. 3 Michigan and No. 5 Kansas last week.
Anthony Ireland tied a career high with 30 points to lead the Lions (8-16, 1-10).
No. 8 MIAMI 87, NORTH CAROLINA 61: In Coral Gables, Fla., Shane Larkin had 18 points and a career-high nine assists to lead the Hurricanes (19-3, 10-0 ACC) to their 11th straight win.
Miami made a school record-tying 15 three-pointers to improve to 11-0 at home.
No. 13 KANSAS STATE 79, IOWA STATE 70: In Manhattan, Kan., Rodney McGruder scored 22 points and Angel Rodriguez added 20 as the Wildcats (19-4, 8-2) took sole possession of first place in the Big 12.
No. 23 PITTSBURGH 62, No. 17 CINCINNATI 52: In Cincinnati, Tray Woodall scored 14 points and led a late surge that sent the Panthers (20-5, 8-4 Big East) past the Bearcats (18-6, 6-5).
No. 19 OREGON 73, UTAH 64: In Eugene, Ore., E.J. Singler had 21 points as the Ducks (19-5, 8-3 Pac-12) ended a three-game losing streak.
No. 20 GEORGETOWN 69, RUTGERS 63: In Piscataway, N.J., Markel Starks scored 20 points as the Hoyas (17-4, 7-3 Big East) won their fifth in a row.
No. 21 MISSOURI 98, MISSISSIPPI 79: In Columbia, Mo., Alex Oriakhi had a career-high 22 points to go with 18 rebounds and three blocks for the Tigers (17-6, 6-4 SEC).
The game got testy with about 7 1/2 minutes to go when Reginald Buckner apparently was tripped by Oriakhi after the Tigers scored to make it 80-58 and came up swinging with a couple of wild punches that missed Laurence Bowers as Oriakhi danced away. Buckner was ejected, Oriakhi was called for a flagrant foul and Jabari Brown, Bowers and Murphy Holloway were given technicals.
No. 22 OKLAHOMA STATE 72, TEXAS 59: In Austin, Texas, Marcus Smart scored 23 points as the Cowboys (17-5, 7-3 Big 12) won their fifth in a row. Markel Brown added 17 points for Oklahoma State.
No. 24 MARQUETTE 89, DEPAUL 78: In Milwaukee, Vander Blue scored 18 points as the Golden Eagles (17-5, 8-2 Big East) handed the Blue Demons (10-13, 1-9) their eighth straight loss.