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Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 84-78 victory over Oregon State on Nov. 30, 2012.
Kansas guards Travis Releford and Ben McLemore talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 84-78 victory over Oregon State on Nov. 30, 2012.
Ben McLemore scored a team-high 21 points, helping the Kansas men's basketball team to an 84-78 victory over Oregon State on Friday night at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Travis Releford added 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting, while Jeff Withey chipped in 17 points (7-for-9 shooting).
KU led, 42-39, at half before making nine of its first 12 shots of the second half to push the advantage to 63-50.
OSU stormed back late, as guard Ahmad Starks knocked in a deep three with 1:26 left to cut KU's advantage to 78-73.
Releford followed with two free throws with 56 seconds left, and KU held on from there, as McLemore made two important free throws with 13 seconds remaining to push KU's lead from three back to five.
KU (6-1) will play host to Colorado at 1 p.m. on Dec. 8.