Jan. 15, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Freshman Sherron Collins scored seven of his career-high 23 points in the final 2 1/2 minutes and No. 5 Kansas held off Missouri 80-77 on Monday night.
Brandon Rush added 16 points and Julian Wright had 10 rebounds for Kansas (16-2, 3-0 Big 12), which won its 10th straight game and extended the Tigers' losing streak to four.
It was the second straight close finish for the Jayhawks, who needed overtime to beat Iowa State 68-64 on Saturday.
The Tigers (11-6, 0-4) have not won in Lawrence since a 73-61 victory on Jan. 24, 1999.
Missouri trailed by as many as eight points in the second half but led 72-71 when Marshall Brown hit two free throws with 2:57 left.
That's when Collins took over for the Jayhawks. His one-handed floater with 2:22 to go put Kansas up 73-72, and his fourth 3-pointer made it 76-72 with 1:42 to go.
Missouri closed to 78-77 on Brown's two free throws with 44 seconds to go. Collins' basket 6 seconds later made it 80-77, and Missouri missed a chance to force overtime when Matt Lawrence airballed a 3-point attempt as time ran out.
Missouri's last possession came after a turnover by Kansas point guard Russell Robinson, whose ill-advised crosscourt pass drew an angry rebuke from coach Bill Self.
"God, he had a bad turnover late," Self said. "We had the game won and he threw the ball out of bounds."
Lawrence hit his first three 3-point attempts and led the Tigers with 19 points. Stefhon Hannah added 15 points for Missouri, while Brown had 14 and J.T. Tiller 11.
Kalen Grimes of the Tigers matched a season high with 12 rebounds, 11 on the defensive end.
Lawrence, who had three 3-pointers in the Tigers' first three Big 12 games, hit his third on Monday with just over 11 1/2 minutes left in the first half. He didn't hit another until he connected with 9 minutes to go for a 65-60 lead.
His 19 points against the Jayhawks were 12 more than his season average of 7.1.
A 12-2 run, capped by Collins' three-point play, gave the Jayhawks a 58-50 lead with 13:43 to go.
Missouri responded with a 15-2 run that was capped by Lawrence's last 3-pointer. But Darrell Arthur scored five straight points and put the Jayhawks up 69-68 on a basket from the lane with 3:43 to go.
Arthur had seven of his nine points in the final 10 minutes of the game.
Kansas led by as many as nine points in the first half before leading 40-39 at the break.