A late defensive effort and an 7-0 scoring run secured No. 7/5 Kansas’ (4-1) fourth victory of the season, beating North Dakota State (0-4) 65-61 in Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, Saturday night.
The Jayhawk offense was led by Jalen Wilson (14 pts.) and Ochai Agbaji (13 pts.), who each tallied double-figures against the Bison. Wilson also led the Jayhawks with 15 rebounds and recorded his second double-double of the season.
North Dakota State jumped out to an early advantage over the Jayhawks, but a quick 10-point run gave the Jayhawks their first lead of the game on a fast-break bucket by Agbaji.
NDSU didn’t back down and captured the lead once more. After a Tyon Grant-Foster jumper, the score was tied at 27-all. KU held the lead until the half at 35-33.
In the second half, Kansas tallied the opening points on a jumper by David McCormack, but found itself down after the Bison pushed their lead to 46-39 with a little over 16 minutes remaining in the game.
The Jayhawks continued to push late and tied the score at 58 after back-to-back free throws by Wilson. NDSU tallied a layup and a free throw to take the three-point edge before Kansas rattled off an 7-point run to finish the game.
KU capped the contest with three-consecutive free throws, securing Kansas’ second victory in Allen Fieldhouse this season.