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Kansas defeats Oklahoma State, 77-70

  • 2 p.m., March 13, 2014
  • Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO

FINAL: Kansas 77, Oklahoma State 70 (OT)

By Matt Tait --- mtait@ljworld.com

Kansas City, Mo. — For the third time this season, the Kansas University men's basketball team watched a double-digit lead over Oklahoma State disappear.

This time, however, it didn't cost them.

After controlling much of the first half and leading from the 11-minute mark of the first half all the way to 4:08 of the second half, the Jayhawks built a 32-23 halftime lead and went up 34-23 in the first minute of the second half.

But foul trouble, turnovers and a tenacious Oklahoma State offense kept Kansas from pulling away and OSU actually took a couple of leads late in the game. But the Jayhawks were tough when it counted and forced the game to overtime, where they outscored the Cowboys 10-3 to pick up the victory.

Andrew Wiggins led all scorers with 30 points. He also added 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists. Wayne Selden added 14 for KU, who played without Joel Embiid.

KU improves to 24-8 overall and Oklahoma State falls to 21-12.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: Tarik Black hit two free throws early in overtime to tie the score and keep Oklahoma State from building too big of a lead after a three-pointer by Phil Forte put the Cowboys up 70-68 a minute into the extra frame. The free throws sparked a 6-0 KU run from the 3:40 mark to the 37-second mark, which put KU up 74-70.

• Offensive highlight: Moments after a huge block of Le'Bryan Nash by Jamari Traylor at the 11:08 mark of the second half, Andrew Wiggins flushed home an alley-oop pass from Naadir Tharpe to put KU back up by eight (51-43) and breathe a little life into the Sprint Center crowd. The high-flying highlight came less than a minute after OSU had cut the KU lead to two — 45-43 — and sent Perry Ellis to the bench with four fouls, making the lob as big for KU's momentum as it was on the scoreboard. On back-to-back possessions late in the second half, KU threw lobs to Tarik Black and Andrew Wiggins to give KU a slim lead. And with a minute to play and OSU leading by two, Wiggins hit a nasty step-back, fade-away jumper from the baseline to tie the game at 67. Different spot, but reminiscent of his shot against Duke late in that game.

• Defensive highlight: With 4:40 to play in the first half, OSU's Le'Bryan Nash had great position inside on KU's Jamari Traylor, but as Nash went to the rim from the baseline, Andrew Wiggins crept in from the corner and blocked the shot forcing the tie-up and giving possession to KU. Later in the half, Traylor was in on another defensive gem, this time after blowing a layup in the final seconds of the half. Instead of watching the ball and pouting after the miss, Traylor raced down the floor and blocked an attempted buzzer-beater by OSU's Phil Forte from behind as the horn sounded.

• Key stat: How about Jamari Traylor's entire line? The reserve big man stepped up big-time for the Jayhawks to the tune of 6 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 27 minutes. Traylor made some mistakes and missed some easy shots but he more than made up for it with that line.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will face Iowa State in Friday's semifinals at 6 p.m. at Sprint Center. Iowa State knocked off Kansas State, 91-85, in Thursday's opening quarterfinal game. 

Join the post game discussion

Live coverage (Ended March 13, 2014 at 4:54 p.m.)

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Carnahan

Still doubting?

Carnahan in reply to Brian Mellor

So was I. Wow! I certainly didn't expect this. One order of crow for me please.

As Kent mentioned, after a game like this, can we bring the energy tomorrow too?

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Kent Richardson

I like that

Crimsonorblue22

Thanks Matt and Benton! Great win

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Jessejayhawk

When they were talking injuries, didn't hear one word about joel

Crimsonorblue22

Both teams will be tired! 3's could be tougher for them w/tired legs, their bread n butter

Jessejayhawk in reply to Crimsonorblue22

Fran is a dyed in the wool Okie and Mushy has his nose in Fran's crack.

Kent Richardson

We became a man today.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Rolland Remmert

Weren't they all flopping! Look like a pond of bass

Kent Richardson

Can we bring the energy tomorrow?

Crimsonorblue22

Love you positive fans, that was a really good game. Lots of players stepped up! Mushberger and Fran will b pulling for ISU, once we had it they went to talking isu

Chuck Wagstaff

Eight more wins.

Rolland Remmert in reply to Jessejayhawk

now that's FUNNY

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Brian Mellor

Amen!

Crimsonorblue22

Wiggins is pretty banged up too! Not flopping like them!

FINAL
Okla. St. 70
Kansas 77

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Lawkan

damn Louisville won 92-31. Just shows that the Big XII is underrated if anything.

Brian Mellor

RODNEY CRAIN YOU WERE WRONG! WRONGWRONGWRONG!!

Jayhawkinnm

ROCK CHALK!

Jessejayhawk

I see Smart flop on the handshake line?

Danr

Good win. Ugly, but we have a chance to be pretty tomorrow.

Crimsonorblue22

Great hard fought game! Way to step up and play d!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Wiggins had a huge smile on his face as soon as that shot missed.

Allin Herring

allright

Eric TheCapn

ROCK CHALK

Crimsonorblue22

This game is all about osu! These announcers suck

Kent Richardson

Nothing easy

Melrank

Cheap shot on SElden by 22.

Danr

Gave fans a chance to. Chant

Jessejayhawk

THEEND?

Danr

Nice foul with1.7

Rolland Remmert

HOLY SHEEEEEEE-YUT

Crimsonorblue22

Fouled wigs

Eric TheCapn

Wow, no foul on us?

Tyson Ailshie

Nail!

Melrank

MR. CONFIDENCE

00:21 left in Ot
Okla. St. 70
Kansas 76

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Tharpe 2/2 FTs

Hawk90

Nash went under and they say it was on Wiggins.

Kent Richardson

Undercut by Nash

Wave_the_wheat

these games takes years off my life..

Crimsonorblue22

Flopping all over

Melrank

Demolition Derby

00:37 left in Ot
Okla. St. 70
Kansas 74

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Tharpe 1/2 FTs

Melrank

Really?

Justin Daniel

Damn it tharpe

Beddie

now 2 misses

Rolland Remmert in reply to Rolland Remmert

should have said SEC network

Danr

Make these and man up on D, guys

Kent Richardson in reply to Chuck Wagstaff

We have missed that all year

Crimsonorblue22

Bring on the whine!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Been having slow internet connection issues. Apologies for the timing of posts.

Tyson Ailshie

This is now Andrew Wiggins' team

Crimsonorblue22

Do we chance him passing ? Jk

00:37 left in Ot
Okla. St. 70
Kansas 73

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Rolland Remmert in reply to Crimsonorblue22

Saw today they are moving Musberger to the work next season

Kent Richardson

unless we hit these no gain from the turnover. Come on Naads

Crimsonorblue22

Make them!

Tyson Ailshie

Great D to close this out!!

Chuck Wagstaff

pass it to Wig?

Lawkan

flagrant foul.

Danr

Just pass that to wiggins, tharpe

Crimsonorblue22

Intentional?

Eric TheCapn

Hard foul, jeez. Probably should have pulled that out, actually.

Beddie

selden's miss is gonna kill us

Crimsonorblue22

Announcers r killn me

Beddie

of course replay

Melrank

This might go against us.

Eric TheCapn in reply to Melrank

I sure hope not.

Lawkan

its off Nash.

Eric TheCapn

Their ball.

Tyson Ailshie

Gotta say I like Masons ball handling better than Tharpes

Melrank in reply to Eric TheCapn

Is a stoip a bad thing?

Kent Richardson

Score please

Eric TheCapn

That should have been a foul on us.

Lawkan

Lucky we didn't lose Black there.

Justin Daniel

Need a bucket

Eric TheCapn in reply to Melrank

No YOU get a stoip.

Melrank

Nice stoip

Eric TheCapn in reply to Justin Daniel

These two call Big 12 games for ESPN; that's why.

Melrank

GET A STOIP

Justin Daniel

Costly miss

01:57 left in Ot
Okla. St. 70
Kansas 73

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Selden 1/2 FTs

Lawkan

wow Selden only shoots 62%?

Justin Daniel

Why do we always get stuck with musberger?

Danr

Spacing stinks on our breaks

Melrank

SELDEN

Crimsonorblue22

I like haircuts!

Melrank

Way to attack!

02:20 left in Ot
Okla. St. 70
Kansas 72

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Perry Ellis tip-in

Eric TheCapn

the DESIGNER!

Melrank

THE DESIGNER

Melrank

Man, great look. Help us Basketball deity, help us.

Wave_the_wheat

let's all agree..no more hair cuts before championship games...bad juju

03:40 left in Ot
Okla. St. 70
Kansas 70

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Tarik Black 2/2 FTs

Danr

Tharpe have any idea where he is right now?

Melrank

OK that was mean - I really dislike him.

Justin Daniel

Unbelievable, tharpe is such a bad defender

Tyson Ailshie

Playing not to lose

Crimsonorblue22

Still think forte is hurt?

Tyson Ailshie

Tharpe can't hit

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