Oklahoma State came out hot, but couldn't put away the Jayhawks in Lawrence on Satuday afternoon.
Oklahoma State scored first on a Juwan Evans layup and piled on from there, building early leads on 12-4, 19-8, and 21-12. A 9-2 run by Kansas brought the Jayhawks back to within striking distance, and the rest of the first half was neck-and-neck with Oklahoma State finally taking a 4-point lead into halftime, 40-36.
Kansas opened the second half with a Devonte Graham 3-pointer, and Kansas would take its first lead of the game, 50-49, on a Graham layup with 14:15 to play. OSU would retake the lead at 62-61 with 10:12 to play on a pair of Mitchell Solomon free throws, but it would be short-lived. Graham hit another three with 9:05 left and Kansas would never trail again. However, KU wouldn't lead by more than one possession until a pair of Josh Jackson free throws with 2:28 to play gave the Jayhawks a 79-74 lead. Kansas would close out the last two and a half minutes to hold off Oklahoma State by an 87-80 final score.
This and That
As mentioned above, Kansas never led in the first half.
Kansas only played 7 players in this one, with Vick and Bragg seeing limited minutes off the bench.
KU managed to hold Juwan Evans, the second-leading scorer in the Big 12, to 15 points on 6-22 shooting.
To fuel referee conspiracy theories, Kansas was called for 14 fouls (just 4 in the first half). OSU was whistled 30 times.
Consequently, Kansas shot 45 free throws, making 30 (66.7%). OSU was 11-14 (78.6%).
Frank Mason led Kansas with 22 points on 6-16 shooting, including just 1-4 from deep.
Landen Lucas pulled down 12 rebounds, but only scored 7 points, meaning Josh Jackson was the only Jayhawk with a double-double (20 points on 5-13 shooting with 11 rebounds).
Kansas heads up to Ames, IA for a Big Monday matchup with Iowa State at 8 pm.
We'll have more on the Oklahoma State game in the next day or two, but for meow, the comments section is yours.