Thursday's college basketball: No. 5 Kansas beats No. 14 Texas Tech 58-57 in Big 12 opener

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Lubbock, Texas — Ochai Agbaji made the go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left and finished with 23 points as No. 5 Kansas beat No. 14 Texas Tech 58-57 on Thursday night, giving the Jayhawks a win in their conference opener for the 30th season in a row.

Agbaji made four 3-pointers but got the game-winning points for the Jayhawks (7-1, 1-0 Big 12) when he worked inside and took an inbound pass from Marcus Garrett.

Kansas' Jalen Wilson (10) controls the ball against Texas Tech's Nimari Burnett (25) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

Texas Tech (6-2, 0-1) had one more opportunity, but Terrence Shannon Jr., who had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Red Raiders, had his mid-range jumper blocked by Jalen Wilson to end the game.

Garrett had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for Kansas, which has never lost a Big 12 opener, and last lost a conference opener during the 1990-91 season in the old Big Eight Conference. Christian Braun also had 10 rebounds.

Mac McClung led Texas Tech with a season-high 21 points, but didn’t score in the last 11 minutes.

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No. 9 Creighton 94, St. John's 76: Marcus Zegarowski scored 20 points, shooting 6 for 7 from 3-point range, and Creighton cruised past St. John’s.

Denzel Mahoney had 16 points and freshman center Ryan Kalkbrenner added 15 off the bench to help the Bluejays (5-2, 1-1 Big East) bounce back from a home loss to Marquette in their conference opener Monday night.

Damien Jefferson had 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Christian Bishop added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Creighton.

Julian Champagnie led the Red Storm (5-4, 0-3) with 17 points, and freshman Posh Alexander had 13.

Big Ten men

►Nebraska 110, Douan 64: Dalano Banton had a triple-double to lead Nebraska over NAIA-member Doane.

Banton had 13 points, 11 rebounds, and matched a career-best with 10 assists. He also blocked three shots, and has reached double figure scoring in each game this season.

Teddy Allen, who entered sixth in the Big Ten in scoring, had 11 of his 16 points in the first half for Nebraska (4-3). Yvan Ouedraogo had career highs with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Kobe Webster added 12 points.

Trevor Lakes chipped in 12 points, on four 3-pointers, in his Nebraska debut. A 6-7 senior transfer from Division II Indianapolis, Lakes was declared eligible following Wednesday’s NCAA ruling allowing sit-out transfers to play without losing a season of eligibility. He totaled nearly 1,000 career points and 400 rebounds at Indianapolis.

Joe Burt and Trey Winkler scored 11 points apiece for Doane, which replaced Florida A&M on the Cornhuskers’ schedule.

Nebraska jumped out on a 31-19 run, capped by Allen’s 3-pointer, and led 57-26 at the break. All eleven players scored for the Cornhuskers.

Nebraska is scheduled to open its Big Ten Conference schedule at Wisconsin on Tuesday.

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