LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Svi Mykhailiuk came off the bench to score 17 points, Frank Mason III added 16 and No. 2 Kansas beat Texas Tech 67-58 on Saturday to secure at least a share of its 12th straight Big 12 title.
Mykhailiuk hit five 3-pointers and didn't miss a shot until the final minute, helping the Jayhawks (25-4, 13-3) extend one of the most remarkable streaks in major college basketball.
The only school to win more consecutive conference championships was UCLA, which won 13 in a row during the 1960s and '70s. The Jayhawks can win their eighth outright title during their streak with a win Monday night at No. 25 Texas or in their regular-season finale against No. 17 Iowa State.
Toddrick Gotcher hit five 3s and led the Red Raiders (18-10, 8-8) with 20 points.
Both teams rolled out to slow starts — Texas Tech committed a shot-clock violation on its first possession — and it wasn't until Mykhailiuk got going that the Jayhawks found any sort of rhythm.
The sophomore sharpshooter hit his fourth 3-pointer to give Kansas a 37-29 halftime lead.
The start of the second half was just as sloppy, with the Red Raiders committing three turnovers in the first couple of minutes. Kansas was able to capitalize on the miscues with Devonte Graham dishing to Wayne Selden Jr. for a quick layup during what became a 10-0 run.
Suddenly, the Red Raiders were in an 18-point hole nearing the midpoint of the half.
Texas Tech, which had won five straight games to get into NCAA Tournament contention, made one big run to get back in the game.
Gotcher was the catalyst for it, getting fouled by Mykhailiuk beyond the 3-point line with 9 minutes left and making all of his free throws. Then, moments later, Selden committed the first of three turnovers during the stretch, and Aaron Ross made two free throws to get within 56-46 with 7½ minutes left.
But the Jayhawks, one of the most veteran teams in the league, kept their composure.
Mykhailiuk hit his final 3 with just over 4 minutes left to make it 61-50, and the Jayhawks kept the Red Raiders at arm's length. And by the time Mason knocked down two free throws in the final minute, the Jayhawks were able to start celebrating another conference championship.
Every player on the Kansas roster was in elementary school the last time the Jayhawks didn't win at least a share of the Big 12 title. That was during coach Bill Self's first season in 2003-04.
Kansas: Mykhailiuk was 6 for 7 from the field and perfect on five 3-point attempts. ... Selden finished with three points on 1-for-8 shooting. He missed all four of his 3-point attempts. ... The Jayhawks have won nine straight games.
Texas Tech: Ross had eight points on 2-for-10 shooting. ... The Red Raiders shot just 31 percent as a team. ... Texas Tech has still never won in Allen Fieldhouse.