Kenny Gregory scored 15 points and led a second half run as No. 7 Kansas used its superior height to defeat Texas A&M, 78-57, last night in College Station, Tex.
Kansas (15-2, 4-0 Big 12) led 45-39 with 16 minutes 51 seconds left before breaking away with a 27-9 run. Texas A&M (5-10, 1-3) was coming off a controversial 88-86 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday.
The Jayhawks outrebounded the Aggies 55-32, led by Drew Gooden, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Kansas has won seven games in a row since losing to Illinois, 84-70, on Dec. 18. The Jayhawks' 15-2 start is their best since they were 16-1 to start the 1997-98 season.
The balanced Kansas offense didn't score at its usual 86-point per game pace, but the defense shut down the Aggies. Tomas Ress hit a basket in the closing seconds for 10 points, Texas A&M's only scorer in double figures.
Kansas guard Jeff Boschee went 0 for 5 from three-point range, ending a string of 38 consecutive games with at least one three-pointer. Kansas was 2 for 11 on three-pointers.
The Aggies tried to jump on the Jayhawks from the start and their aggressiveness netted them four steals in the first 8:28. They even managed an early 14-10 lead before an excited Reed Arena crowd of 12,175, a record for the two-year-old arena.
But Kansas's 11-man rotation paid off and the Jayhawks took the lead for good on a basket by Gooden with 7:56 to go in the half. Kansas built a 36-26 edge late in the first half as the Aggies had only three points over the final 4:12.
MIAMI 67, VILLANOVA 66: Johnny Hemsley's controversial three-pointer at the buzzer gave visiting Miami an improbable victory.
Villanova's Brooks Sales missed two free throws with 16 seconds remaining and then Hemsley's three-pointer, off of a broken play, caused mayhem on the court, as two officials, Tim Higgins and Carl Hess, converged and decided that the basket was good.
The decision sent the Hurricanes into their locker room jubilant while the Villanova coaches and players stood stunned. Many went to see the replay on the television monitors, which seemed to lean the Wildcats' way.
Higgins had made the call emphatically as soon as it was shot and Hess seemed to agree. Villanova Coach Steve Lappas and assistant Steve Pinone argued vehemently but the officials left quickly amid a hailstorm of debris from the Villanova student section. Hemsley scored 21 points.