FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Even when Kansas won the games earlier this season against three Top 25 teams, the Jayhawks did not celebrate in the locker room as they did after an overtime win over Canada. TCU.
They form a team quite different from the one prevailing when they beat Tennessee, Michigan State and Villanova. Coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks are now starting four freshmen.
Devon Dotson, one of these freshmen, scored the highest of the season with 25 points with six free throws over the last 40 seconds of overtime and Kansas, number 14, won 82-77 Monday night after amassing 12 points in the second half.
"It's the best locker room we've had all year," said Self. "It was a game in which we played very well most of the time, then we ruined everything, and somehow we managed to pull it out. We had the chance to work overtime after spoiling everything, then we played very well in OT. "
The Jayhawks (19-6, 8-4 Big 12) have never been in overtime. They broke the last match on K.J. Lawson's rider at 1:09 of the end before Dotson sealed it to the free throw line.
Dotson also had 10 rebounds for one of three double doubles for Kansas. Ochai Agbaji had 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Dedric Lawson, a junior and the only non-beginner, had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
"Devon was really tough, one of the toughest guys on the field," Agbagi said of the only player in the game for 45 minutes.
"You can not take him, and he was tired," Self said.
TCU (17-7, 5-6), which was attempting to win consecutive games against the Top 25 for the first time in its history, was 13-0 behind and took a 69-65 lead over both free throws by JD Miller. with 2:07 left. The frogs did not score again before the extension.
"A game we should have won," said Desmond Bane, who led TCU with 18 points, before pausing. "Should have won."
Dedric Lawson had a recovery basket for the Jayhawks with 1:06 left and they recovered the ball after the TCU's first-year player, Kendric Davis, lost him out of bounds. The ball was initially dismissed by a Kansas player until he was reviewed.
K.J. Lawson tied the game on a float with 24 seconds to go and Davis missed a contested shot against the ring that would have won.
"If we had our chances, we had our chances," said coach Jamie Dixon. "Certainly, in terms of regulation, we were in a position to win the match, but we did not succeed. Defensively, he did not finish, two layups at the end to tie him up. "
Davis finished with 16 points while Kouat Noi had 14 points and Alex Robinson had 13 points for the Frogs.
Kansas: The young Jayhawks have won a big victory on the road. After senior guard Lagerald Vick took a break from the program last week, Self used four freshman starters Saturday for the second time in only 16 seasons. They won at Oklahoma State, rebounded after a defeat at Kansas State and overcame a raging atmosphere in Fort Worth.
"We are not as good visually as the other teams we have had. We have made the game much more difficult with what we are, "said Self. "That does not mean we do not have a good team. … We have not reached our goal yet.
TCU: It's a scathing defeat for TCU, which has won eight consecutive Big 12 home games. The frogs came from a 92-83 victory at the time, no. 17 State of Iowa Saturday. They took a 7-0 lead in the first 1½ minutes against Kansas and had a big, late run before falling.
BEFORE THE BREAK
Fans wearing a white t-shirt and the student section were at the beginning of their frenzy when Self was forced to ask for a very short time. The Jayhawks took the lead and took their first lead after the 3-year run of Dotson and Dedric Lawson to 14-12. This was the first of 10 lead changes in the first period, and the match was tied after a quick basket exchange just before the break. Robinson added 37-35 points to TCU with 14 seconds to go with a long pointer to 3 on Quentin Grimes, who then finished the half with an endearing rider.
Kansas is home Saturday against West Virginia in trouble, which beat the Jayhawks 65 to 64 on Jan. 19.
The TCU will host Oklahoma on Saturday with a chance to win a series of the Sooners' regular season.