STILLWATER, Okla. | Kansas played its worst offensive basketball of the season during the first eight minutes, scoring only eight points. It was just plain ugly. Darrell Arthur, Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers all took shots that failed to hit the rim. Several times, the Jayhawks threw the ball to nobody. Still, because of its defense, KU stayed in the game, trailing just 10-8 at the second media timeout.
While no team took control of the game early, the officials more than made up for it, calling 14 fouls – seven on each team – in the opening nine minutes. KU’s Sherron Collins and Arthur each picked up two fouls in the first five minutes and were forced to sit. Sasha Kaun and Mario Chalmers would later pick up their second fouls.
It was no surprise that the officials called the game closely, not after a scuffle between the Cowboys and Jayhawks occurred with 15 minutes left. Oklahoma State’s Ibrahima Thomas and Arthur were called for technical fouls; Arthur’s served as his second personal foul.
One Oklahoma State fan sitting courtside became so irritated by the officiating that he voiced his opinion to one of the referees. The official asked that the fan be removed from the game, and his wish was granted. A policeman escorted the man out of Gallagher-Iba Arena to loud applause.