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No. 8 Kansas hangs on to beat Texas Tech 64-63

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 18, 2014 at 10:39 pm •  Published: February 18, 2014
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self felt more than a little fortunate that his No. 8 Jayhawks pulled out a 64-63 win against a very tough Texas Tech team.

Andrew Wiggins' layup with 2 seconds left lifted Kansas to victory on Tuesday night.

"I think sometimes you could say they were a little lucky," he said of the Red Raiders. "They threw some in at the end of the shot clock that maybe weren't the highest percentage shots, and we were a little lucky that the ball just happened to bounce to Wigs there at the end. That's part of it.

"We've been unlucky and we've been lucky before, and they usually balance out over time."

The freshman finished with 19 points, and Joel Embiid matched his career high with 18 to lead the Jayhawks (20-6, 11-2). Kansas reached 20 wins for the 25th consecutive season, and 11 conference victories for the 20th straight year.

Texas Tech's Robert Turner sank two free throws with 16 seconds left to put the Red Raiders up 63-62, but Kansas brought the ball up and got it inside to Wiggins for the win.

Jordan Tolbert scored 16 points and Dejan Kravic added 13 to lead Texas Tech (13-13, 5-8).

The Jayhawks own a two-game lead in the Big 12 after Texas fell 85-76 at Iowa State on Tuesday night.

"It's big, it's big, but it doesn't mean anything unless we win Saturday," Self said of Kansas' home game against the Longhorns. "That's the game that would give us some serious breathing room, although we've got a little bit now, and it was big tonight.

"I wasn't banking on them losing, all I wanted to do was win two games this week, and if we were able to do that then it would be a great week."

The score was tied nine times and the lead changed 13 times.

"I was impressed with Tubby (Smith's) team and how hard they played and how well they defended, how well they rebounded," Self said. "They're going to get better. The guy knows how to win. He's a proven winner. Those kids played hard."

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