Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Triple-OT Thriller: No. 1 KU Nips No. 2 Oklahoma

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Triple-OT Thriller: No. 1 KU Nips No. 2 Oklahoma

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Perry Ellis had 27 points and 13 rebounds, Devonte' Graham hit the go-ahead free throw in the third overtime and top-ranked Kansas outlasted Buddy Hield and second-ranked Oklahoma 109-106 on Monday night in an early showdown of Final Four contenders.

Graham hit a free throw with 16 seconds left in the third OT to tie it 106-106, then sank the second and KU was ahead to stay. Wayne Selden Jr. had 21 points and Graham finished with 20 for the Jayhawks (13-1, 2-0 Big 12), who had chances to win the game in regulation and each of the first two overtimes before finally getting it done.

Hield had a career-high 46 points for Oklahoma (12-1, 1-1) but made two crucial turnovers in the final extra session, then missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Jayhawks celebrated.

Jordan Woodard hit six 3-pointers and had 27 points for OU. …

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