With a depleted roster, No. 13 Kansas took care of business when it returned to Allen Fieldhouse.
Following a loss to its in-state rival, KU got back on track in a big way with a 84-72 win over Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon. The Jayhawks, who were without starters Marcus Garrett (injury) and Lagerald Vick (leave of absence), led by double digits for the final 10-plus minutes of the contest.
Kansas (18-6, 7-4) remains unbeaten at home in 14 games, while OSU (9-14, 2-8) failed to become the first Big 12 school to win back-to-back games in Allen Fieldhouse since Iowa State did it in 2000 and 2001.
The Jayhawks were led by the tandem of Dedric Lawson and Ochai Agbaji in the win. Agbaji scored 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Lawson went 10-for-17 from the field to finish with 25 points. Devon Dotson was the only other KU player to notch double figures, as he registered 18 points.
Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:
• The game turned when: A pair of freshman players hit three consecutive triples midway through the second half.
Freshman Quentin Grimes, who has struggled over the last few games, finally got his first points midway through the second half. Grimes hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and then Agabi drilled a triple to stretch KU’s lead to 65-51.
The Jayhawks were in control from the moment on, walking away with a lopsided victory.
• Offensive highlight: Agbaji was a walking highlight on the offensive and for Kansas.
The sensational freshman, who did not make his debut until Jan. 9, had brought a much-needed spark to a depleted roster. That was never more evident in the win against the Cowboys, as Agabji filled in for the absence of sharpshooting senior Lagerald Vick.
Agbaji drilled three triples during a 15-point first half, finishing the game with five 3-pointers for KU.
• Defensive highlight: It didn’t take long for freshman Devon Dotson to make an impact against Oklahoma State.
Dotson was aggressive early, getting in the passing lanes, and it led to highlight-worthy sequence early in the first half. Dotson, who has had success at making timely steals, did so to give KU a 4-0 advantage.
With the ball on the left wing, Dotson stayed within striking distance of his man. Just before the pass came his way, Dotson jumped in the way to snatch the ball. He spun away from the lone OSU player, flushing down a dunk in transition on the other end.
•Up next: Kansas travels to TCU at 8 p.m. Monday.