By DAVID SMALE, Related Press
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Jalen Wilson had 22 factors and No. 8 Kansas used a late run to beat Oklahoma 71-69 on Saturday.
The Jayhawks (20-4, 9-2 Large 12) scored 11 straight factors throughout a 15-2 burst to take the lead within the ultimate minutes.
The Sooners closed to 70-69 earlier than Wilson hit a free throw. Jordan Goldwire’s jumper within the final seconds caromed away for Oklahoma (14-11, 4-8).
“How about that? We needed to win it about thrice after which virtually misplaced it,” Kansas coach Invoice Self stated. “We had one timeout left and I most likely ought to have referred to as it. I believed I’d reserve it in case one thing dangerous occurred.”
“Simply don’t allow them to shoot a 3 and luckily they needed to shoot a tough two and missed. I believed we defended the final possession fairly nicely,” he stated.
Christian Braun had 18 factors for Kansas. Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack every added 11.
Agbaji was held practically 10 factors beneath his season common of 20.3, greatest within the Large 12. Wilson and Braun knew they needed to step up, particularly within the second half.
“There was a lot extra vitality,” Wilson stated. “We have been lifeless firstly of the sport. The factor we do greatest is run. After we do this, it ignites everybody and will get the group going.”
Goldwire had 20 and Tanner Groves 19 for the Sooners. Elijah Harless had 12 factors and Jalen Hill had 10.
Groves hit 4 of his first eight 3-point makes an attempt, however Kansas freshman Zach Clemence, who had missed six weeks with a damaged toe, precipitated him to overlook his final three makes an attempt.
“He was the one large who might hedge a ball display screen and get again to Groves,” Self stated. “I believed our greatest likelihood to win was with Zach. I feel he performed an enormous function in us successful.”
Neither group received a lot manufacturing from its bench. Oklahoma had simply eight factors for its reserves whereas Kansas had solely three.
McCormack’s hook shot from the baseline with 14:23 left within the second half gave the Jayhawks a 46-45 edge, their first lead since 11-9. Oklahoma pulled away once more by 5 factors, however Clemence hit a 3 with 7:01 left to provide Kansas the lead — these have been the one factors off the KU bench.
Braun’s basket moments later gave Kansas a three-point lead. Agbaji hit the entrance finish of a one-and-one and Braun hit a layup late within the shot clock, capping an 11-0 run and giving the Jayhawks their largest lead of the sport at 63-57 with 3:50 left within the recreation. Oklahoma went practically seven minutes with out scoring some extent.
Kansas was intent early on getting the ball into the low publish. McCormack, who touched the ball on every of the group’s first six possessions, responded by scoring seven of the group’s first 9 factors.
Oklahoma took an eight-point lead and was up 34-31 at halftime.
Oklahoma: The Sooners had hassle with Kansas’ measurement. The Sooners have been outrebounded 32-26.
Kansas: The Jayhawks maintained their half-game lead over Baylor on the prime of the Large 12.
Oklahoma hosts No. 20 Texas on Wednesday night time.
Kansas hosts Oklahoma State on Monday night time.
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