No. 17 Kansas holds off Oklahoma State
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Sasha Kaun scored 16 points and grabbed five
rebounds as the Kansas Jayhawks held on to beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys,
63-62, in the Big Twelve Conference quarterfinals at American Airlines Arena.
Mario Chalmers tallied 15 points and Julian Wright totaled nine points and
nine boards for the 17th-ranked Jayhawks (23-7), who will play the winner of
Saturday’s semifinal matchup between Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Byron Eaton scored a game-high 18 points, including 5-of-6 from beyond the
arc, while JamesOn Curry added 17 points and Mario Boggan chipped in 10 for
the Cowboys (17-15), who had won three of their last four contests coming into
The Cowboys started the second half on a 12-2 run, highlighted by a pair of
three-pointers from Eaton, and a Jamaal Brown layup gave the Cowboys their
first lead of the game, 35-34, with 17:04 left.
Brandon Rush hit a pair of free-throws as the Jayhawks quickly regained the
lead with a 9-0 run to go ahead 43-35. The Cowboys went over eight minutes
without a field goal during the run.
With 6:42 left, the Oklahoma State pulled to within two, 48-46, as Boggan sank
Curry later missed from long distance with 1:14 left and the Cowboys down six,
57-51. On the ensuing possession, Chalmers hit two freebies to put the
Jayhawks up eight, 59-51, with 1:06 to go.
The Cowboys did not go away as Terrel Harris drained a three with 19.8 seconds
left, making it a 61-59 game.
Chalmers was sent to the line and converted both free-throws for a 63-59 edge.
Curry then tossed up an off-balanced three-pointer with nine seconds left that
missed badly and sealed the deal.
With the score tied at 10, Chalmers hit from long distance with 13:47 to go in
the first half to spark a 13-2 Jayhawks run. Chalmers had five points and C.J.
Giles had four points during the run.
The Cowboys responded with an 11-2 run of their own as Boggan scored seven of
the ten points, cutting the score to 25-23.
The Jayhawks ended the half by scoring the last seven points to take a nine-
point lead, 32-23, at the break. The half ended with a Jeff Hawkins layup at
Kansas has won 13 of its last 14 games…The Jayhawks have not won the
Conference Tournament since 1999…The Jayhawks won despite shooting only 1-
of-9 from distance…The Cowboys committed 22 turnovers.