Naadir Tharpe connected on a short jumper in the lane with 16.5 seconds left in the second overtime, lifting ninth-ranked Kansas to a 68-67 win over No. 14 Oklahoma State on Wednesday nigh in Stillwater, Okla.
Travis Releford scored 18 points and Jeff Withey had three double-overtime free throws among his 17 points for the Jayhawks (22-4, 10-4 Big 12), who are tied with No. 13 Kansas State for the conference lead with five games to go.
Kansas has had at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season title for each of the past eight years, but that streak was in jeopardy against the surging Cowboys.
Markel Brown scored 20 points to lead Oklahoma State (19-6, 9-4), which had won seven straight — including snapping the Jayhawks’ 33-game home winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse earlier this month.
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State’s star freshman, had 16 points but fouled out midway through the second extra period when he slammed into Releford after going airborne on a drive to the basket.
Gonzaga 85, Santa Clara 42 — Elias Harris scored 17 points, Kelly Olynyk added 15, and the No. 3 Bulldogs (26-2, 13-0 West Coast) crushed the visiting Broncos (19-9, 7-6) for their ninth win in a row.
Georgetown 90, DePaul 66 — D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored a career-high 33 points — the most by any Georgetown player this season — as the No. 11 Hoyas (20-4, 10-3) moved back into a tie for first in the Big East with a rout of the visiting Blue Demons (11-15, 2-11).
The Hoyas won their eighth straight on a night when they barely needed marquee player Otto Porter, who scored 11 points before sitting out the final 17 minutes after banging his right knee in the first half.
Arizona 70, Washington 52 — Solomon Hill had 19 points, Mark Lyons added 14, and the No. 12 Wildcats (22-4, 10-4 Pac-12) pulled away after an uninspired start to rout the visiting Huskies (14-13, 6-8).
UNLV 61, Colorado St. 59 — Anthony Marshall hit a short jumper with seven seconds left to lift the Runnin’ Rebels (20-7, 7-5 Mountain West) over the No. 15 Rams (21-5, 8-3) in Las Vegas.