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No. 3 Kansas escapes TCU’s upset bid in Big 12 opener in Fort Worth

TCU guard Michael Williams and Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. scramble for a loose ball in Friday’s game in Fort Worth.
TCU guard Michael Williams and Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. scramble for a loose ball in Friday’s game in Fort Worth. AP

Kansas point guard Frank Mason scored 22 points and handed out seven assists to help the third-ranked Jayhawks overcome an early double-digit deficit and outlast TCU 86-80 in the Big 12 opener for both schools at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth.

TCU held a pair of 10-point leads in the first half but could not hold off the Jayhawks (12-1, 1-0 in Big 12) down the stretch despite a career-high 28 points from forward Vladimir Brodzianksy.

TCU fell to 11-2, 0-1 in Big 12 play. TCU returns to action Tuesday night in Schollmaier Arena against Oklahoma.

Kansas led 85-80 when TCU’s Kenrich Williams missed a 3-point jump shot with 17 seconds left. The Jayhawks added a free throw with 4 seconds to play.

The Jayhawks led 48-44 at halftime and never trailed in the final 20 minutes. Kansas built its lead to 78-69 with 4:10 to play but JD Miller’s 3-point jumper on a assist from Williams cut the Frogs’ deficit to six.

Two free throws by Jaylen Fisher made it 84-80 with 31 seconds left.

No. 3 KANSAS 86, TCU 80

KANSAS (12-1): Lucas 7-9 1-3 15, Jackson 2-8 0-0 4, Mykhailiuk 4-7 1-2 12, Mason 6-13 9-10 22, Graham 3-14 4-4 11, Bragg 2-5 1-2 5, Vick 5-11 4-4 17. Totals 29-67 20-25 86.

TCU (11-2): Brodziansky 9-19 10-11 28, Miller 2-6 2-5 8, K.Williams 3-9 3-4 11, Fisher 1-5 2-2 4, Robinson 5-10 0-1 10, Washburn 0-0 0-0 0, Shepherd 1-1 0-0 2, B.Parrish 3-5 0-0 9, Bane 2-4 0-0 4, M.Williams 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 27-61 19-25 80.

Halftime—Kansas 48-44. 3-Point Goals—Kansas 8-22 (Mykhailiuk 3-5, Vick 3-6, Mason 1-4, Graham 1-7), TCU 7-18 (B.Parrish 3-4, K.Williams 2-5, Miller 2-5, Fisher 0-1, Bane 0-1, Robinson 0-2). Fouled Out—Jackson. Rebounds—Kansas 39 (Lucas 17), TCU 36 (K.Williams 11). Assists—Kansas 20 (Mason 7), TCU 19 (Fisher 9). Total Fouls—Kansas 20, TCU 20. Technicals—Jackson, Kansas team. A—6,579 (7,201).

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