Basketball

Kansas loses 3 straight for first time since 2013

NORMAN, Okla. — De’Vion Harmon scored 22 points as Oklahoma beat No. 9 Kansas 75-68 on Saturday for its second victory this month over a top-10 opponent and the Jayhawks’ first three-game losing streak since February 2013.

Oklahoma (9-4, 5-3 Big 12) has won three of its past four games against Kansas (10-5, 4-4) in Norman and is 8-1 at home this season at the Lloyd Noble Center. Included in that record is a win over then-No. 9 West Virginia on Jan. 2.

Marcus Garrett had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Jayhawks, who entered the game coming off losses at Oklahoma State and No. 2 Baylor. Kansas entered the game leading the Big 12 in rebounding margin, but the Sooners outrebounded them 36-25 and held the Jayhawks to two offensive rebounds.

Jalen Wilson added 13 points for Kansas.

A 9-2 run by Oklahoma broke open what had been a one-possession game, and Austin Reaves’ first basket (after starting with seven misses) put the Sooners ahead 60-54 with 5:53 left.

Kansas pulled within 63-60 when Ochai Agbaji split a pair of free throws with 3:40 left, but Reaves and Umoja Gibson each followed with driving layups to make it 67-60. Kansas came no closer than four points the rest of the way.

Reaves, Elijah Harkless, Harmon and Reaves again each hit two free throws in the final 1:36 for the Sooners. Reaves scored 16 points, all in the second half, and made 10 of 11 free throws.

Kansas put Oklahoma in the bonus early in the second half, and the Sooners took advantage, making 18 of 22 foul shots after not having a free throw attempt in the first half. Kansas made 10 of 14 free throws.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas: The Jayhawks went 0-3 during a brutal stretch of road games, but they know no one will feel sorry for them. Coach Bill Self will continue to look for solutions to prevent his team from losing four straight for the first time since 1988-89, Roy Williams’ first season as Kansas coach.

Oklahoma: The Sooners haven’t cracked the Top 25 this season but now are in sole possession of third place in a league with five top-15 teams. With two wins over top-10 opponents this month, the Sooners are looking like a potential NCAA tournament team.

UP NEXT

Kansas: Will play its first home game in 19 days on Thursday, facing TCU.

Oklahoma: Will try to win at No. 5 Texas for a second straight season when visiting the Longhorns on Tuesday.

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