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No. 7 Kansas escapes with road win over Oklahoma

Field Level Media
19 Jan 2022, 12:40 GMT+10

Christian Braun scored 15 points, including a 3-pointer in the closing seconds, to lead No. 7 Kansas to a 67-64 win over Oklahoma on Tuesday in Norman, Oklahoma.

With the game tied, Jayhawks coach Bill Self put the ball in leading scorer Ochai Agbaji's hands coming out of a timeout with 28 seconds left.

Agbaji probed for a path to the basket, then finally drove before flipping it to Braun, who drilled the 3-pointer with 10.9 seconds left to put Kansas in front.

Oklahoma's Elijah Harkless' desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer missed the mark to give Kansas (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) the win.

Jalen Wilson led Kansas with 16 points while Agbaji, who didn't score until less than six minutes remained, finished with 10.

Agbaji, who came in as the Big 12's leading scorer, missed his first seven shots.

Jordan Goldwire led the Sooners (12-6, 2-4) with 15 points while Umoja Gibson added 11.

The Jayhawks led by 12 early in the second half and looked on their way to putting the game away before the Sooners came storming back with a 20-2 run to take their biggest lead of the game at six points.

Gibson scored eight points during that stretch, hitting a pair of 3-pointers.

While Gibson got Oklahoma going offensively, Kansas went cold from the floor, going just 1 of 12 from the floor -- missing four layups -- during the Sooners' run.

Kansas jumped ahead by seven early before the Sooners used an 11-0 run to take the lead.

The Jayhawks were without Agbaji for about eight minutes in the first half after Agbaji injured his left hand when he collided with the possession arrow while diving for a loose ball.

Once Agbaji returned, the Jayhawks settled in on both ends of the floor.

Kansas repeatedly attacked the Sooners inside while Tanner Groves was on the bench, then kept things rolling offensively even after Groves re-entered to take a 34-32 lead at the break.

Kansas kept the momentum coming out of the break, scoring the first 10 points of the second half to stretch its lead to double figures before the Sooners turned the tide.

--Field Level Media

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