Kenny Gregory, a Columbus, Ohio, native who took plenty of grief for not attending Ohio State, scored 17 points last night and led No. 8 Kansas to an 80-67 victory over the 12th-ranked Buckeyes in Lawrence, Kan.
Gregory, a 6-foot-5 junior, could not match his former teammate from high school days. Michael Redd had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes (4-2) in their first road game of the season.
Kansas Coach Roy Williams made sure Gregory's teammates understood how important the game would be for him.
"Living there and making the decision to leave home and come to Kansas, Kenny took a lot of junk last year when they went to the Final Four and he was sitting home watching," Williams said. "I don't think there's any doubt this game meant a lot to Kenny."
"This takes care of me as far as bragging rights, discussing who won and who played well," he said.
While Ohio State missed its first three shots of the second half, the Jayhawks (8-1) were going 3 for 3 and building a 43-30 lead.
But Redd made a three-pointer and ignited a 12-2 run that cut the lead to 45-42. Back came the Jayhawks. With three freshmen on the floor, they used a 10-3 run to make it 55-45.
* CINCINNATI 79, ST. LOUIS 64: For the first time this season, Cincinnati built a big lead and didn't put its game on cruise control.
Kenyon Martin had 19 points and 17 rebounds, and the top-ranked Bearcats put away host Saint Louis (5-3) late in the first half with a 19-4 run.
"They felt the effects of the Bearcats," said Pete Mickeal, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Freshman guard DerMarr Johnson (Newport School) added 23 points for Cincinnati (8-0) in the Conference USA opener for both schools.
"We forget sometimes he's still a freshman and still learning," Mickeal said of Johnson.
* STANFORD 68, NEVADA 39: The No. 2 Cardinal (7-0) had an 11-0 run at the start of the second half en route to the home victory. The Wolf Pack (1-6) had 20 turnovers and only 16 baskets.
* AUBURN 78, BRADLEY 64: In Mobile, Ala., Daymeon Fishback scored 18 points and fellow reserve Reggie Sharp had 15 for the No. 6 Tigers (7-1), who won their fifth in a row.
* LOUISIANA TECH WOMEN 90, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 45: Ayana Walker and Brooke Lassiter each scored 16 points and the No. 3 Lady Techsters (7-1), playing on the road, earned their 34th victory over the Lady Cajuns (4-4) in as many meetings.
* AUBURN WOMEN 86, UNC ASHEVILLE 30: Shana Askew scored 16 points in only 18 minutes of playing time. and the No. 8 Tigers (7-1) dominated defensively and on the boards over visiting North Carolina Asheville (0-6).
* TEXAS WOMEN 83, FORDHAM 57: In New York, Edwina Brown scored 23 points and Texas (7-2) celebrated its return to the top 25 with a convincing victory. The 25th-ranked Longhorns had not been ranked for 39 consecutive polls, dating from Nov. 18, 1997. Nailah Wallace had 28 points for Fordham (1-8).
CAPTION: Ryan Fletcher of Cincinnati evades the long arm of Matt Baniak of Saint Louis while making pass. The No. 1 Bearcats improved to 8-0 with the Conference USA win.