No. 9 Kansas beat No. 18 Oklahoma in one of the most thrilling games you’ll see this season. The Jayhawks were up by 19 at halftime, managed to fall behind the Sooners by the ten minute mark of the second half and then proceeded to bounce back from a four-point deficit in the final minutes to take home an 85-78 win.
The biggest sequence of the game came with about four minutes left. Kelly Oubre missed a free throw that would have tied the game at 71 but Cliff Alexander came up with a tough offensive rebound. The ball eventually ended up in Brannen Greene’s hands, and Greene buried a three to give Kansas the lead back. At the other end of the floor, Alexander drew a charge on TaShawn Thomas which led to a Frank Mason Jr. jumper at the other end, put KU back up four points.
Isaiah Cousins would hit a three to cut the lead back to one, but Kansas scored on back-to-back possessions afterwards, capping a decisive, 10-3 run.
The questionable call in that run was the charge on Thomas, who “pushed off” on Alexander before scoring to tie the game at 73. Here’s the play:
You make the call.
Charge? Flop? No-call?
It certainly didn’t lose Oklahoma the game — that atrocious first half did the trick there — but it was a huge momentum swing in the final minutes of a barn-burner.