Kansas rides behind Marcus Garrett’s 20 points, KU defeats Texas 80-78

The sophomore guard, usually recognized for his defensive skills, erupted for 20 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 3 steals. Garrett stepped up to the free throw stripe to attempt 2 shots with 5 seconds left. Prior to these attempts, Garrett was 0-2 from the line on the night.

Garrett’s first free throw went in and out, leaving him one final free throw to shoot. Garrett, being a 61% free throw shooter on the season, drained the second free throw putting the Jayhawks up 2 points with 5 seconds left.

After Garrett’s free throw, Texas intended for Matt Coleman to take the final shot, but he was unable to get open. That forced Jase Febres to attempt the game winning shot. Febres was unable to make the shot as he was tightly guarded by Lagerald Vick.

The Jayhawks were down 40-38 at half after a phenomenally played half on both sides. Both teams were nailing their open looks and driving to the basket easily. Kansas did not commit a turnover during the first half. Although Kansas shot up to par in the first half, the Longhorns knocked down 8 shots from deep to give them 24 of their 40 first half points.

The Jayhawks burst onto the scene in the second half by knocking down 4 three point shots to regain the lead. Kansas extended this to a 12 point lead with over 10 minutes left in the game but that would not be enough to quiet the Longhorns.

Febres went on an absolute tear, knocking down three 3-pointers within a stretch of three minutes. The Jayhawks and Longhorns were tied up at 73 points with 2:16 left in the game.

Kansas was finally able to seal the game in the final minutes due to Marcus Garrett forcing a jump ball with 1:45 left and a Marcus Garrett free throw with under ten seconds in the game to put the Jayhawks up 2 points.

Finally, the Jayhawks seem to have found their 3-point shots, as in the last two games they are shooting 20/38 (52.6%) from behind the arc. Prior to their game against Baylor, the Jayhawks were shooting at a 24% clip (15/62) from 3-point range. If KU wants to maintain success throughout conference play they must consistently hit shots from deep.

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