NEW YORK (AP) – Frank Mason III hit a short jumper with 1.3 seconds to play to give No. 7 Kansas a 77-75 victory over No. 1 Duke on Tuesday night in the State Farm Champions Classic.
The Jayhawks (1-1) beat a top-ranked team for the eighth time and this one looked a lot easier with 8 minutes to play and Kansas leading 62-50.
But the Blue Devils (2-1), despite a terrible shooting game by Grayson Allen, the leading vote-getter on The Associated Press’ preseason All-America team, managed to suddenly start hitting shots and they tied the game at 75 with 15 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Frank Jackson..
Kansas called a timeout with 8.2 seconds left and set up the game-winner.
Mason led Kansas with 21 points and freshman Josh Jackson added 15 and Devonte’ Graham had 13.
Luke Kennard led five Duke players in double figures with 22. Allen finished with 12 points on 4-for-15 shooting, including 1 of from 3-point range.