KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Wayne Selden scored 22 points, Frank Mason had 18 and second-ranked Kansas used a big second half to beat Oregon State 82-67 on Saturday night in its annual trip to the Sprint Center.
Perry Ellis added 13 points and Devonte Graham had 10 for the Jayhawks (8-1), who trailed by as many as 14 in the first half before outscoring the Beavers 25-9 to begin the second.
Kansas kept drawing away to improve to 28-6 at the downtown Kansas City arena, where it has won six straight regular-season games along with four Big 12 tournament titles.
Tres Tinkle hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points for Oregon State (6-2), which was trying to equal its best start since the 1980-81 season. Gary Payton II scored 13 and Jarmal Reid added 11.
Oregon State appeared on its way throughout the first half.
Tinkle hit his first 3-pointer with 14:12 left to give his team a 14-9 advantage, and the coach’s son proceeded to hit his next four more.
The Beavers made their first seven from beyond the arc, a big reason why Wayne Tinkle’s bunch enjoyed a double-digit lead most of the first half.
Things weren’t nearly as chipper on the Kansas bench.
With the Beavers leading 22-9 midway through the half, Jayhawks coach Bill Self grew so enraged that he slammed his right fist into his left hand, sending his pricey wristwatch flying off.
Self must have transferred some of that fire to his team at halftime.
Beginning with two free throws by Ellis, the Jayhawks slowly began to build momentum, chewing into a 39-28 deficit. But it was still 48-41 when Graham made back-to-back baskets, starting a 14-0 run that brought actor and noted Kansas fan Rob Riggle to his feet and gave the Jayhawks the lead.
Things unraveled so quickly for the Beavers that they burned through three timeouts in 54 seconds – one when they couldn’t inbound the ball – and were left with none the final 14:03 of the game.
Meanwhile, the Jayhawks stuck with their starting lineup for much of the half. It was a clear departure from the frequent substitutions that Self made in the first half, and allowed the same group of players to get into a rhythm for the first time all night.
Oregon State: Tinkle missed his only 3-point try in the second half. … After hitting their first seven 3-pointers, the Beavers were 1 of 9 the rest of the way. … Oregon State committed 18 turnovers that the Jayhawks turned into 19 points.
Kansas: Mason also had six assists. … The Jayhawks shot 67 percent from the field in the second half. … F Landen Lucas (toe) participated in warmups but did not play. F Jamari Traylor (ankle) played two minutes in the first half.
Oregon State plays Cal State Fullerton in the Far West Classic on Friday night.
Kansas gets the week off for finals before playing Montana next Saturday.