Another game. Another comeback.
Kansas downs Oklahoma 73-63 on senior night for Frank Mason, Landen Lucas, and Tyler Self.
It took a while for both teams to get going, with nobody scoring until OU’s Khadeem Lattin hit a jumper almost 2 minutes into the game. Oklahoma would take a 7-0 lead before a Bill Self timeout. The Sooners would extend their lead to 12-5 with 12:48 until half on a Dante Buford three-pointer before a furious Kansas rally tied the game at 16-all less than four minutes later. The Jayhawks would take their first lead at 21-20 on a Frank Mason three with 7:17 until halftime. The two teams would play to a first half tie at 28-all.
Kansas has generally been a second half team this year, but this time it was their opponent who came out of the box fast. Oklahoma built leads of 36-32, 43-36, and eventually 54-42 following a Kameron McGusty three-pointer with just 10:12 to play. Undoubtedly, Lon Kruger was thinking, “We have them right where they want us.” A quick 7-0 KU run brought the Jayhawks back to within striking distance, and KU retook the lead at 59-58 on a Devonte Graham three with 6:07 still remaining on the clock.
Oklahoma would only score five points over the final six minutes as KU closed out yet another senior night victory, the 35th such win in a row for KU.
This and That
Frank Mason led all scorers with 23 points on 8-17 shooting, plus six assists and three steals.
Devonte Graham was amazing in the final 10 minutes of the game, and finished with 16 points on 5-10 shooting.
Josh Jackson may have missed another dunk or two but still had 11 points on 5-8 shooting with 12 rebounds - and 8 turnovers.
Kansas finished the final 10:12 of the game on a 31-9 run.
The Jayhawks made their final five three-pointers of the game to finish 9-19 (47.4%) behin the arc.
KU hit just 12-20 (60.0%) free throws.
Kansas will head to Stillwater, OK, for its Big 12 regular season finale at 5 PM on Saturday, March 4, on ESPN.
We’ll have more on the Oklahoma game over the next day or two, but for now, the comments section is yours.