NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma collected another signature win over Kansas on Saturday after the Sooners upset the ninth-ranked Jayhawks 75-68 in a Big 12 matchup. The defeat saw Kansas losing three straight for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. Box Score
Harmon Leads Way For Oklahoma
De’Vion Harmon led all scorers today en route to lead Oklahoma with 22 points and four rebounds. Harmon, who hit four of his nine 3-pointers and shot 7 of 14 from the field overall, was also named Player of the Game.
Senior guard Austin Reaves made 10 of his 11 free throws to finish with 16 points and four assists, while Umoja Gibson ended with 10 points off the bench for the Sooners (9-4, 5-3 Big 12) who shot 45.3% from the field and moved up to third place in the conference standings behind Baylor and Texas.
“Big-time battle,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “Both teams, I thought, fought like crazy. Buckets were hard to come by, at times, on both ends of the floor.
“Again, just proud of our guys. A game that could have gone either way. Guys hung in there, got a little bit of a margin there late, made free throws late and did a good job to close it out.”
Garrett Leads Kansas
Marcus Garrett paced Kansas with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Jalen Wilson added 13 points in the defeat for the Jayhawks (10-5, 4-4) who was losing three straight games for the first time since losing 72-66 to Oklahoma on Feb 9. 2013.
Ochai Agbaji ended with 10 points for Kansas, which shot 46.3% from the field in the defeat.
“We go back to practice. We’re just like 97 percent of the other teams in America,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “We’ve had a hard stretch, but we’ve played three road games against tournament teams. I don’t think we’re talented enough not to have a hard stretch if we don’t play well if we’re playing on the road against teams that are tournament teams.
“I don’t think that it’s broken. I do think that it certainly needs some repairing. I think we need a boost of energy. We may need to shake things up a little bit lineup-wise.
“… I told our guys the storybook season is done, as far as winning all your games and (getting) a one or two seed, that’s probably done. What we have to create is a storybook ending. That’s still in play.”