Oklahoma punched Kansas in the mouth in the first half, but a big run to open the second gave the Jayhawks a lead they would never relinquish and KU defeated OU by an 81-70 final score.
It took a couple of minutes of gameplay, but Kansas scored first, eventually opening up an early 21-12 lead midway through the first half. It appeared as if the rout might be on, but Oklahoma wouldn’t go quietly into the night. Over the final 9 minutes of the first half, Oklahoma dominating Kansas during a 24-6 run, and it was the Sooners who took a 36-27 lead into halftime.
Svi Mykhailiuk opened the second-half scoring with a 3-pointer, followed by a Frank Mason layup, a Devonte Graham three, another Frank Mason layup, and another Svi three. Suddenly, Kansas led 40-36. The Sooners would tie it up at 40-all with 15:54 to play, but that would be as close as they would get the rest of the way. By the under-8 timeout, Kansas had a 62-54 lead, and they kept Oklahoma at arm’s length for the rest of the way, holding on for an 81-70 win.
This and That
Kansas outscored Oklahoma by 20 in the second half.
OU’s 24-6 run to end the first half saw KU shoot just 3-17 from the floor, including 0-5 from three and missing three layups.
Self tried to get Coleby and Lightfoot some time in the first half, but each were quickly pulled after being called for an illegal screen.
After a first half with just 9 points, Frank Mason finished with a game-high 28 points on 11-20 shooting, including 5-6 from behind the arc.
Landen Lucas pulled down 13 rebounds to go with 10 points for another double-double.
As a team, KU shot 12-28 (42.9%) from 3-point range.
KU nailed 15-18 (83.3%) free throws, with Jackson hitting 6-8.
Kansas will host Oklahoma State on Saturday, January 14, at 1 PM inside Allen Fieldhouse.
We’ll have more on the Oklahoma game in the next day or two, but for now, the comments section is yours.