Kansas knocks off Duke
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Kansas had already gone through a tough loss this season, falling in overtime to Indiana in Honolulu.
On Tuesday, the Jayhawks went from looking like easy winners to facing another excruciating loss, but a short jumper by Frank Mason III with 1.8 seconds to go gave the seventh-ranked Jayhawks a 77-75 victory over No. 1 Duke in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.
“The play was to (isolate) me, and my teammates did a good job of spacing the floor,” Mason said. “It felt good when it left my hand.”
A long 3 at the buzzer by Duke’s Frank Jackson was off line.
The Jayhawks (1-1) beat a top-ranked team for the eighth time, despite finishing 2-for-17 from 3-point range.
“This was more of a must-win for us than it was for Duke. Not that there’s must-win this time of year, but I think it will do something for us because for the first time we won a game where we shot it like crap,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “So hopefully we learned some lessons and know that you cannot be great offensively and still win if you do little things and play aggressively. So I think it should bode well for us moving forward.”
Kansas was ahead 62-50 with eight minutes to play but the Blue Devils (2-1), despite a terrible shooting game by Grayson Allen, managed to suddenly start hitting shots, and they tied the game at 75 with 15 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Jackson.
Kansas called a timeout with 8.2 seconds left and set up the game-winner.
“Mason made a big-time play and it was well guarded,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “He just made a big-time play.”
Mason led Kansas with 21 points, freshman Josh Jackson added 15 and Devonte’ Graham had 13.
Luke Kennard led five Duke players in double figures with 22 points. Allen, the leading vote-getter on The Associated Press’ preseason All-America team, finished with 12 points on 4-for-15 shooting.
“I think Grayson had a very frustrating game,” Krzyzewski said. “I think you can’t expect to get a foul. I think he’s going to a point where he makes a move and it’s a good move and he expects a foul. I’m not saying they’re not calling fouls. You can’t do that. That can’t be what you’re doing. The last few minutes, he moved well. He’s playing hard when he gets the ball and he needs to play harder when he doesn’t have the ball. It’s what he did in the last few minutes.”