Kansas Vs. Oklahoma: Jayhawks Use Big Second Half To Defeat Sooners

LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 04: Connor Teahen #2, Travis Releford #24 and Tyshawn Taylor #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks confer during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on January 4, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas defeated Oklahoma behind Travis Releford's 28 points.

The No. 15 ranked Kansas Jayhawks improved to 12-3 on the year when they defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 72-61. The first half of this game saw Kansas struggle against Oklahoma and trail 34-33 at the end of the first half. The second half is when Kansas came alive and started the second half with a 23-4 run to have a comfortable lead for the second half. Kansas led by as many as 22 points in the second half; Oklahoma made a small run but could never get within 10 points late in the second half.

Kansas' stifling defense is how they were able to get out to such a large lead in the second half and they held Oklahoma to 38 percent shooting on the day. Kansas forced 17 turnovers against Oklahoma with 14 steals and that led to easy basket for Kansas which is how they were able to shoot 50 percent from the field.

The scoring from Kansas came mainly from their starters as their bench had only six points, but starting guard Travis Releford led all scorers with 28 points and Thomas Robinson chipped in with 18 points and hauled in nine rebounds.

Kansas is now 2-0 in conference play and their next game is against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Jan. 11.

For more on Kansas go visit Rock Chalk Talk and for all things Oklahoma go visit Crimson and Cream Machine.

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