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

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Jalen Wilson scored a game-high 22 points and no. 8 Kansas held off Oklahoma’s stubbornness 71-69 on Saturday.

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

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 their 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 base hook at 14:23 gave the Jayhawks a 46-45 advantage, their first lead since 11-9. Oklahoma pulled back five points again, but Zach Clemence hit a 3-pointer with 7:01 left to give Kansas the lead. Those are the only points on the Kansas bench.

Braun’s field goal moments later gave Kansas a three-point lead. Agbaji hit the forward one-on-one and Braun hit a layup late in the shot clock, capping an 11-0 run and giving the Jayhawks their biggest lead at 63-57 with 3:50 left. to play. Oklahoma went almost 7 minutes without scoring.

Kansas intended to put the ball in the low post early on. 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 take a 24-16 lead in the Under-8 media timeout. The Sooners finished the first half shooting 53.8 percent (14 of 26) and entered the locker room leading 34-31.

BIG PICTURE

Oklahoma: The Sooners had problems with the size of Kansas. The Sooners were passed 32-26.

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

FOLLOWING

Oklahoma hosts No. 20 Texas on Wednesday night.

Kansas hosts Oklahoma State on Monday night.

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