Wilson scores 20, No. 8 Kansas holds off Oklahoma 71-69

Jalen Wilson scored a game-high 22 points and No. 8 Kansas held off stubborn Oklahoma 71-69

ByDavid Smale Associated Press
February 12, 2022, 3:38 PM
Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) shoots over Oklahoma forward Tanner Groves (35) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) shoots over Oklahoma forward Tanner Groves (35) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
The Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Jalen Wilson scored a game-high 22 points andNo. 8 Kansas held off stubborn Oklahoma 71-69 on Saturday.

Kansas used a 15-2 run late in the game to come back from a deficit and take the game's largest lead. The Sooners trimmed it to 70-69 before Wilson hit a free throw. Jordan Goldwire’s jumper in the final seconds caromed away.

Kansas (20-4, 9-2 Big 12) also got 18 points from Christian Braun and 11 from Ochai Agbaji.

Oklahoma (14-11, 4-8) was led by Goldwire with 20 points and Tanner Groves with 19 points. Elijah Harless added 12 and Jalen Hill had 10.

Neither team got much production from its bench. Oklahoma had eight bench points, while Kansas had just three.

Kansas finally got hot in the second half. A 6-0 run capped by a David McCormack baseline hook at 14:23 gave the Jayhawks a 46-45 edge, their first lead since 11-9. Oklahoma pulled away again by five points, but Zach Clemence hit a 3-pointer with 7:01 left to give Kansas the lead. Those were the only points off the Kansas bench.

Braun’s basket moments later gave Kansas a three-point lead. Agbaji hit the front end of a one-and-one and Braun hit a layup late in the shot clock, capping an 11-0 run and giving the Jayhawks their largest lead at 63-57 with 3:50 left. Oklahoma went nearly 7 minutes without scoring.

Kansas was intent early on getting the ball into the low post. McCormack, who touched the ball on each of the team’s first six possessions, responded by scoring seven of the team’s first nine points.

Oklahoma responded by hitting 11 of 16 to build a 24-16 lead at the under-8 media timeout. The Sooners finished the first half shooting 53.8% (14-of-26) and went into the locker room leading 34-31.

BIG PICTURE

Oklahoma: The Sooners had trouble with Kansas’ size. The Sooners were outrebounded 32-26.

Kansas: The Jayhawks maintained their half-game lead over Baylor at the top of the Big 12.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma hosts No. 20 Texas Wednesday night.

Kansas hosts Oklahoma State Monday night.

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