The Kansas Jayhawks were on the brink of two home losses in a row. That hasn’t happened since 1989.
On Big Monday, Kansas shot 34.4 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from behind the three point line.
With 5:21 left in regulation, Devonte’ Graham had three points to his name. The Jayhawks then found themselves down 14 points with 2:58 on the clock and Graham soon had 15 points.
LaGerald Vick fouled out, and then Svi Mykailhiuk.
Another three pointer from Graham cut KU’s deficit to two points and none other than Frank Mason III made both of his free throws to tie the game at 71. Then came overtime.
It was already a record setting night for Kansas, but the team wasn’t about to let there be another one 28 years later.
The Jayhawks took the floor with the roar of the crowd filling up Allen Fieldhouse and took over from there. After a play that mystified most of those watching — including head coach Bill Self — Graham had his two cents on the play.
“Something had to happen (mysteriously),” Graham said. “Josh tripped over the line, Carlton [Bragg] got the ball and gave it to me, then I got the ball and shot it. I think there was some kind of magical thing going on.”
KU was then up eight points over WVU and escaped with 84-80 win.
Next up, Kansas will travel to Waco, Texas for a rematch against the Baylor this Saturday at noon.