It wasn't clear what this Kansas team, already missing Udoka Azubuike and Marcus Garrett due to injury, would look like without senior Lagerald Vick. Fortunately, at 2-7 in conference play, Oklahoma State was as good an opponent as any to try things out.
Kansas forced a timeout just about a minute and a half into the game after a Devon Dotson steal and dunk, but Oklahoma State didn't fade away early. Kansas held a small lead much of the half, but the Cowboys stayed right in it and their last bucket of the first half tied the game going into he locker room, 36-36.
Solid three point shooting finally gave Kansas some separation as the second half went on. The Jayhawks took nearly half their shots from three, but made 39% of them, helping them to an 84-72 victory.
Ochai Agbaji scored 23 with five boards, while Dedric Lawson went for 25 and seven with five assists. Mitch Lightfoot gave Kansas a boost off the bench 10 points and nine rebounds. KU has a quick turnaround, with a game Monday night in Ft Worth against TCU.