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No. 5 Kansas hangs on for 73-72 win over No. 8 Creighton

The Jayhawks needed a missed free throw as time expired to escape with a victory

Kansas Jayhawks forward David McCormack (33) dunks against the Creighton Bluejays during the first half at Allen Fieldhouse. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Zegarowski was fouled on a three-point shot attempt with just 1.1 seconds remaining and the Creighton Bluejays down three. Zegarowski made his first two free throws but missed the third, and the loose ball rebound bounced out of bounds before the clock expired to give the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks a 73-72 win on Wednesday at Phog Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.

A huge three-pointer from Jalen Wilson with 40 seconds remaining unlocked a tie game to give KU a three point lead, but Wilson followed up his huge shot two trips later by fouling Zegarowski as a jump-shooter with only a second remaining.

For Creighton it was a chance to pick up a Quad 1 win early in the season following three easier games to open 2020 in North Dakota State, Nebraska-Omaha, and Kennesaw State. It also would have been their first win at Kansas since 1942 and their first win on ESPN since 2006. But this kind of heartbreak will linger for the Bluejays heading into Big East play.

Kansas closed as a four-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, and will play Nebraska-Omaha and Tarleton State before opening Big 12 play with the Texas Tech Red Raiders on December 17th.