No. 2 Kansas Outlasts OU, 81-70

Associated Press
By Associated Press
Stat Comparison
Category KU OU
Points  81  70
FGM-A  27-65 26-70 
FG% .415  .371 
3 FGM-A 12-27  5-19 
3 FG% .444  .263 
FTM-A 15-18  13-16 
FT% .833  .813 
Rebounds 40  46 
Assists 17  10 
Turnovers 11  14 
Individual Leaders
Category KU OU
Points Mason III - 28 Two Players - 13
Rebounds Lucas - 13  Lattin - 11
Assists Two Players - 5  Woodard - 5
Steals Two Players - 2  Two Players - 2
Blocks Bragg Jr. - 3 Lattin - 4

NORMAN (AP) — Ready or not, Kansas is poised to jump to No. 1.

Frank Mason scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half, and the second-ranked Jayhawks rallied to beat Oklahoma 81-70 on Tuesday.

With No. 1 Baylor losing at West Virginia earlier in the night, Kansas will be in position to top the AP poll for the first time this season if it beats Oklahoma State on Saturday.

"We don't deserve that," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "I've coached for a while, and I've felt like there's some teams that put in the time and the effort and the toughness to earn that, but I don't feel like this team quite has."

Josh Jackson scored 16 points for the Jayhawks (15-1, 4-0 Big 12), who have won 15 straight. Devonte' Graham added 13 and Landen Lucas had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Rashard Odomes and Kameron McGusty each scored 13 points for the Sooners (6-9, 0-4), who lost their seventh in a row.

Oklahoma trailed 21-14 before closing the first half on a 22-6 run to take a 36-27 lead at the break. Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger called it his team's best half of the season.

"Given the opponent, certainly, no question," he said. "Kansas is a terrific ballclub. To be down a little bit early and come back and tie it and take the lead into the half was a good stretch, a very good stretch."

Mason said Self was fired up at halftime.

"I can't tell you the message, but it was — I can't even say it," he said. "Coach got onto us. I think we responded pretty well as a team. We've just got to come out better to start the game off the first half."

Kansas took control and pushed its lead out to 15 in the second half behind Mason, who made 7 of 12 shots after the break.

"He's terrific, just an outstanding player," Kruger said. "He's a winner. He takes things on his shoulders. He makes teammates around him better. He makes big-time plays in tough parts of games. Just an outstanding player."