No. 2 Kansas goes on late 18-4 run to overcome Oklahoma
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — KJ Adams scored a career-high 22 points and No. 2 Kansas closed the game on an 18-4 run to beat Oklahoma 79-75 on Tuesday night.
Kansas (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) got 17 points from Jalen Wilson, 11 from Dajuan Harris and 10 from Zach Clemence. The Jayhawks have won 22 straight games against Oklahoma in Allen Fieldhouse, including 16 straight under coach Bill Self.
Oklahoma (10-5, 1-2 Big 12) was led by Grant Sherfield’s season-high 25 points. Sam Godwin added 12 points, Milos Uzan had 11 and Tanner Groves had 10.
Kansas led by as many as seven points early in the second half, but Oklahoma used a 6-0 run to take a 50-48 lead with 14:12 left. The Sooners were still up, 56-53, with 11:20 left in the game when Groves picked up his fourth foul.
Oklahoma hung tough, and led 61-56 with about 9 minutes left as Adams was called for his fourth foul. The Sooners’ largest lead of the game — 65-58 — came with 7:06 left.
Kansas went more than 12 minutes without a field goal in the second half, but Adams ended that streak with a thunderous dunk at the 5:06 mark. A 3-pointer by Wilson cut the deficit to 71-66 and Harris’ layup trimmed it to just 3 points.
After the teams traded buckets, Wilson found Adams underneath for a dunk to cut Oklahoma’s lead to one. Following an OU miss, McCullar was fouled on a successful drive to the hoop and his free throw gave Kansas a 75-73 lead.
The Sooners were able to slow down the Kansas offense, holding the Jayhawks to just 39.4% in the first half. The Sooners also outrebounded Kansas, 21-16.
Oklahoma: Hosts West Virginia on Saturday.
Kansas: Hosts No. 14 Iowa State on Saturday.