Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 1/19/13
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Ben McLemore scored 16 points and No. 4 Kansas stormed back from a late double-digit deficit to stun Texas 64-59 on Saturday for its 15th straight win. Jeff Withey added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks (16-1, 4-0 Big 12), who trailed by 11 points in the second half before McLemore steered a rally that prevented the reeling Longhorns (8-9, 0-4) from a badly needed victory in this troubled season. Travis Releford added 12 points for Kansas. Sheldon McClennan led the Longhorns with 18 points. Texas has lost four straight, its longest losing streak since coach Rick Barnes' first season in 1998-99. 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 even said afterward that taking that one so early with plenty of time left on the shot clock even surprised him. "We just had to play through it," McLemore said of the slow Kansas start. "We talked in the huddle. Coach told us to be more aggressive, and that's what we did." McLemore was 6 of 10 from the field and had six rebounds. Kevin Young added 6 points for the Jayhawks. Lewis finished with 11 points while Jonathan Holmes had 10 for Texas. 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 42-31 with 15:55 left. 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 coach Bill Self called a "miserable" start to the second half.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: LeBron James misses wide-open windmill dunk

Kevin Durant booed by Thunder fans during introductions

Jay Cutler misses practice due to concussion

Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin do not practice a day after Norton's firing

Report: Chip Kelly leaning towards UCLA

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

David Lee feels Warriors’ dominance limited his free agent options

Patrick Beverley reportedly out for season after knee surgery

Top storylines for NFL Thanksgiving Day

Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis

John Elway developing reputation as coach-killer?

Report: Kelly reached agreement with Florida, can back out

The '303 yards and a cloud of dust' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Kyrie Irving has unlimited range

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

NFL Week 12 predictions

College football Week 13 predictions

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

The Eagles are soaring but to what heights?

2017 Week 13 college football players to watch

Sports & Politics Intersect: Is Jerry out of his league?

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Kyrie Irving has unlimited range

The '303 yards and a cloud of dust' quiz

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

NFL Week 12 predictions

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

The Eagles are soaring but to what heights?

2017 Week 13 college football players to watch

The 'Wheelin' and Thielen in Minnesota' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker