Field Level Media
Mar 5, 2022
David McCormack scored the last of his game-high 22 points Saturday by converting a dunk with 39 seconds left in overtime as No. 6 Kansas edged No. 21 Texas 70-63 in Lawrence, Kan.
McCormack posted a double-double by adding 10 rebounds and teammate Jalen Wilson added a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Christian Braun also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards for Kansas.
Playing their third game in five days, the Jayhawks (25-6, 14-4 Big 12) claimed at least a share of their 20th Big 12 championship in the 26-year history of the league while also obtaining an NCAA-record 63rd conference title overall.
Kansas entered tied with Baylor for the Big 12 lead. The Bears played later Saturday against Iowa State.
In a tight game throughout, the Jayhawks gained a six-point lead with 5:19 remaining in the second half, but missed their last six shots from the field and turned the ball over twice as Texas tied the score.
Longhorn Courtney Ramey made one of two free throws to tie it with 51 seconds remaining. After a KU turnover, Ramey missed a jumper and the Jayhawks could not get off a shot in the final 15.8 seconds of regulation. A banked 3-pointer by Jalen Coleman-Lands went in after the buzzer, leaving the game tied 57-57.
Wooden Award finalist Ochai Agbaji struggled through his worst offensive performance of the season for the Jayhawks. He missed his first 10 shots before finally connecting with 2:39 left in overtime, tying the score at 61-61.
The Jayhawks took the lead on a pair of free throws by McCormack, and with a two-point lead in the final minute, McCormack scored on a fastbreak dunk to boost Kansas to the 67-63 advantage.
Agbaji sank two more free throws with 9 seconds left for the final margin. He finished 1-for-11, netting eight points - the only game this season he has not been in double figures.
Ramey led the Longhorns (21-10, 10-8) with 18 points while Andrew Jones added 12. Texas shot just 33.9% percent but used salty defense to nearly claim the upset as the Jayhawks shot 31%.
Wilson posted 13 points and seven rebounds to lead Kansas to a 35-33 halftime lead. McCormack added eight first-half points while Agbaji missed all six of his first-half attempts.
Ramey countered with 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting for Texas, which grabbed an early 15-9 margin before Kansas got two 3-pointers from Braun late in the half to gain the lead.
Kansas honored six seniors playing their last home games and extended its string of Senior Day wins to 39, dating to 1984.
--Field Level Media