(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Mario Little's three-point play broke a tie with 71 seconds to go and Oklahoma State missed a desperation heave at the buzzer, allowing No. 2 Kansas to escape with a 63-62 victory Thursday in the second round of the Big 12 tournament.
Big 12 player of the year Marcus Morris, shut down most of the second half, hit a key 3-pointer for the Jayhawks (30-2). Kansas trailed by as many as eight until Oklahoma State (19-13) got in deep foul trouble in the second half.
Keiton Page had 23 points and Jean-Paul Olukemi had 17 for Oklahoma State, which did a good job of keeping Marcus and Markieff Morris away from the basket and forced the Jayhawks out deep. They put up 25 3-pointers but made only five. They finished just 12 of 21 from the foul line while the Cowboys were 18 for 21.
Marcus Morris, who hadn't made a field goal since the 8:26 mark of the first half, drilled a 3-pointer that put the Jayhawks ahead 58-54 with 4:07 left.