Monday's basketball: No. 1 Kansas rallies to beat Oklahoma
Lawrence, Kan. — Frank Mason III scored 23 points in his final game at Allen Fieldhouse, Devonte Graham hit a series of crucial 3-pointers in the second half and top-ranked Kansas rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat Oklahoma 73-63 on Monday night.
Graham finished with 16 points and Josh Jackson had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Big 12 champion Jayhawks (27-3, 15-2), who trailed 54-42 before finishing the game on a 31-11 run.
The Sooners (10-19, 4-13) were poised to spring a big upset on the day the Jayhawks ascended to No. 1 for the first time this season. But after they took their biggest lead with just over 10 minutes to go, Mason got the comeback started with a nifty basket inside.
He added a steal moments later to set up Lagerald Vick’s 3-pointer, and Jackson scored before Graham hit back-to-back shots from beyond the arc. And when Mason added another basket moments later, the Jayhawks had put together a 17-2 charge that gave them a 64-58 lead with about 5 minutes left.
Kansas slowly drew away to make senior night memorable for Mason, big man Landen Lucas and reserve guard Tyler Self, whose father — Kansas coach Bill Self — called him “my favorite Jayhawk of all time.”
Top 25 men
(At) No. 23 Virginia 53, No. 5 North Carolina 43: Kyle Guy scored 17 and London Perrantes 13 for Virginia (20-9, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference). North Carolina is 25-6, 13-4,
(At) No. 11 Baylor 71, No. 10 West Virginia 62: Johnathan Motley scored 23 for Baylor (24-6, 11-6 Big 12). West Virginia is 23-7, 11-6.
Division III tournaments
Calvin and Hope qualified for the NCAA Division III men’s tournament.
Calvin (17-10), which received the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s automatic bid after winning the conference tournament, is at Marietta (Ohio) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Hope (21-6) hosts Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Calvin and Hope’s women’s teams also qualified for the NCAA Tournament and both play on Friday.
Calvin (22-5) is at Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Hope (22-4) will meet Wisconsin-Whitewater at Crestview Hills, Kentucky.