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Recap: Kansas 64, Texas 59
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Date: January 19, 2013 2:00 PM EDT
  

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - No. 4 Kansas is still unbeaten the last two months. Beleaguered Texas is still winless in the Big 12.

But just barely.

Ben McLemore scored 16 points and the Jayhawks stormed back late in the second half from an 11-point deficit - nearly their biggest all season - to stun the Longhorns 64-59 on Saturday for their 15th straight victory.

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Jeff Withey added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks (16-1, 4-0 Big 12), who looked bound for their first loss since Nov. 13 against Michigan State before McLemore piloted a rally that thwarted the reeling Longhorns (8-9, 0-4) from seizing a badly needed victory in this troubled season.

``We just had to play through it,' McLemore said of the slow start. ``We talked in the huddle. Coach told us to be more aggressive, and that's what we did.'

Sheldon McClellan led the Longhorns with 18 points. Texas has dropped four straight - its longest losing streak since coach Rick Barnes' first season in 1998-99.

Like a handful of Longhorns losses this season, this was another that Texas let slip away after leading in the second half.

How old is this getting?

``Pretty old,' Barnes said. ``We do a lot of things well. But we don't win because we don't do it when the game is on the line.'

Texas' Julien Lewis had a chance to force overtime but missed a corner 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. Lewis had made just three of his previous 12 from behind the arc before that shot, and McLemore said afterward that hoisting that one so early with plenty of time left on the shot clock even surprised him.

Travis Releford added 12 points and Kevin Young had 6 for Kansas. McLemore was 6 of 10 from the field and had six rebounds.

When Texas went up 42-31 with 15:22 remaining, it was the second-biggest deficit the Jayhawks faced all season. They had trailed by 12 against Chattanooga - two days after that loss to the Spartans -before roaring back to easily win that one and just about every game since.

``It looked to me that as experienced as we are, we looked like a bunch of inexperienced kids off the playground playing during that bad stretch,' Kansas coach Bill Self said. ``We were trying to catch up too fast, had no poise, their pressure bothered us. We turned the ball over just by kicking it to them.'

Lewis finished with 11 points while Jonathan Holmes had 10 for Texas.

``We were very close out there,' Lewis said. ``We keep losing these close games by possessions. It hurts us a lot. But we got to keep going.'

The Jayhawks played listless from the start before roaring back.

McLemore showed no hint of an injury after spraining his ankle in Monday night's win over Baylor, but the Big 12's second-leading scorer took just three shots in the first half while his teammates missed shot after shot.

Defense hasn't been the problem for the Longhorns during this forgettable season - their offense takes the blame there. That showed while holding Kansas to a season-low 26 points in the first half on 28 percent shooting, which was easiest to notice as the Jayhawks went 1 for 7 from behind the arc.

That lone 3-pointer belonged to McLemore in the opening minutes to give Kansas the lead, something the Jayhawks wouldn't get back until the second half when the star freshman made another 3. And even that didn't last long: Texas answered with baskets on five straight possessions, stretching their lead to 11.

But then the Longhorns did what's doomed them all season.

They gave away another late lead.

Up by eight against UCLA in December. A 13-point lead against West Virginia in the Big 12 home opener. Both went down as losses, and so did this one after Kansas shook off what Self called a ``miserable' start to the second half.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 KAN  -450   -9.5   127.5 
 TEXAS  +350   +9.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 KAN  -500   -9.5   127.5 
 TEXAS  +400   +9.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 KAN  87%   77%   86% 
 TEXAS  13%   23%   14% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Jan 19
 
    St Johns at DePaul
12:00 PM EDT
    Maryland at North Carolina
12:00 PM EDT
    James Madison at Towson
12:00 PM EDT
    Connecticut at Pittsburgh
12:00 PM EDT
    Harvard at Memphis
12:30 PM EDT
    St. Bonaventure at Temple
1:00 PM EDT
    Nebraska at Penn State
1:00 PM EDT
    Arkansas at Mississippi
1:45 PM EDT
    Vanderbilt at South Carolina
1:45 PM EDT
    Iowa State at Texas Christian
1:45 PM EDT
    Missouri St at Bradley
2:00 PM EDT
    Northeastern at Delaware
2:00 PM EDT
    Missouri at Florida
2:00 PM EDT
    Kansas at Texas
2:00 PM EDT
    Cleveland State at Wisconsin-Green Bay
2:00 PM EDT
    Texas Tech at Oklahoma State
2:00 PM EDT
    West Virginia at Purdue
2:00 PM EDT
    Wake Forest at Virginia Tech
2:00 PM EDT
    Arizona at Arizona State
2:30 PM EDT
    Columbia at Cornell
3:00 PM EDT
    Portland State at North Dakota
3:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma at Kansas State
4:00 PM EDT
    Syracuse at Louisville
4:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi St at Tennessee
4:00 PM EDT
    Oregon at UCLA
4:00 PM EDT
    Villanova at Providence
4:00 PM EDT
    Florida State at Virginia
4:00 PM EDT
    Creighton at Wichita State
4:00 PM EDT
    Boise State at Air Force
4:00 PM EDT
    California at Stanford
4:30 PM EDT
    Ohio State at Michigan St
6:00 PM EDT
    Arkansas-Little Rock at W. Kentucky
6:00 PM EDT
    Texas AM at Alabama
6:00 PM EDT
    Utah State at Denver
6:30 PM EDT
    Yale at Brown
7:00 PM EDT
    Cal Poly SLO at Santa Barbara
7:00 PM EDT
    Marquette at Cincinnati
7:00 PM EDT
    UNLV at Colorado State
7:00 PM EDT
    Western Carolina at Chattanooga
7:00 PM EDT
    Georgia State at Old Dominion
7:00 PM EDT
    San Diego State at Wyoming
7:30 PM EDT
    Louisiana State at Georgia
8:00 PM EDT
    Evansville at Indiana State
8:00 PM EDT
    Wisconsin at Iowa
8:00 PM EDT
    Oregon State at Southern Cal
8:00 PM EDT
    Youngstown St at Wisconsin Milwaukee
8:00 PM EDT
    Wright State at Valparaiso
8:00 PM EDT
    Gonzaga at Butler
9:00 PM EDT
    Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton
9:00 PM EDT
    Northern Arizona at Idaho State
9:00 PM EDT
    Montana State at Montana
9:00 PM EDT
    Sacramento State at Weber State
9:00 PM EDT
    Pacific at Northridge
10:00 PM EDT
    UC Irvine at Cal Riverside
10:00 PM EDT
    Utah at Washington
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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