๐Ÿ€ Kansas Outlasts Oklahoma in Big 12 Battle, 67-64

NORMAN, Okla. โ€“ In what was a back-and-forth battle, the No. 7/7 Kansas Jayhawks outlasted the Oklahoma Sooners in the final minute, 67-64, inside Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma on Tuesday evening.

Kansas improves to 15-2 (4-1 Big 12), marking the 16th-straight season starting Big 12 play at 4-1 or better. Oklahoma falls to 12-6 (2-4 Big 12), including third-straight loss.

The Jayhawks were led by sophomore forward Jalen Wilson, who scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while junior guard Christian Braun and senior guard Ochai Agbaji came in clutch down the stretch, with Braun scoring 15 points and a clutch last-minute 3-pointer, while Agbaji scored 10 points, all of which came in the second half.

Both teams battled throughout the first half, as Kansasโ€™ Jalen Wilson emerged as the Jayhawks top scorer in the first half, connecting on a corner 3-pointer after a basket from David McCormack, to put the Jayhawks up 22-15 with 8:29 remaining.

However, Oklahoma came fighting back, going on an 11-0 run to re-take the lead at 28-24 on a 3-pointer of their own from freshman guard CJ Noland, who led the team with eight points at the break.

Wilson led the Jayhawks with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting at the break, as KU entered the locker room at halftime, leading 34-32.

Out of the break, KU went on an 8-0 run courtesy of back-to-back 3-pointers from Dajuan Harris and Wilson to go up 42-32 and force a Sooner timeout.

Oklahoma then trimmed Kansasโ€™ lead down to just three on a 9-0 run, before reclaiming the lead on a step-back 3-pointer from senior guard Umoja Gibson. Gibsonโ€™s 3-pointer capped off a 15-2 run that helped Oklahoma to a 47-46 lead with 12:47 to go.

Trailing 56-52, senior Ochai Agbaji found his groove by hitting on a pair of crucial 3-pointers, trimming the lead to 55-56 with 3:46 remaining, before tying the game on another 3-pointer at 58-58 with 2:58 to play.

After trading free throws, Abgaji drove the lane to give KU a 62-60 lead with 1:04 remaining. Oklahoma responded with a lay-in of their own to knot the game at 62.

With possession and the game tied at 62-62, Braun fielded a pass from Agbaji, which he rose up and connected on a contested 3-pointer to give KU a 65-62 lead with 11 seconds remaining.

After a pair of Oklahoma free throws to make the score 65-64, Braun was fouled with 4 seconds remaining, before he connected a one-and-one. Oklahoma failed to convert on a last-second shot as KU escaped, 65-62.

The Jayhawks continue their two-game road trip when they travel to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the Kansas State Wildcats in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown on Saturday, January 22. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.