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Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji hit a floater with nine seconds remaining as the No. 7 Jayhawks overcame a 16-point halftime deficit on the road to defeat rival Kansas State 78-75. Agbaji's game-winner, which gave Kansas a one-point lead, gave the Jayhawks their first lead since Kansas held a 7-5 advantage in the first half.

Just seconds earlier, it looked like Agbaji might not get that chance. Down three points with under a minute remaining, the senior and All-America candidate was fouled shooting an apparent 3-pointer, though the officials ruled that he was only shooting two. Agbaji made both free throws, but Kansas still trailed 75-74.

Kansas State had two shots on the next possession, but neither fell, setting up Agbaji's game-winner.

He added to the margin a couple seconds later with a pair of free throws.

That proved to be just enough to push the Jayhawks past a brilliant performance from Kansas State guard Nijel Pack. The sophomore poured in a career-high 35 points, making eight 3-pointers as Kansas State (10-8, 2-5) had the Jayhawks (16-2, 5-1) in trouble early. 

Kansas State led by 16 points at halftime, thanks to a scorching 20 minutes from Pack and Markquis Nowell. Pack entered the game averaging 15.5 points per contest and exceeded that average with 22 first-half points on 8-of-10 shooting, including 6-of-8 from behind the 3-point arc. Nowell finished the half just shy of his own per-game average of 12.0 points, scoring 11 by making 4-of-5 shots, including some difficult finishes around the rim.

As a team, Kansas State shot 19-of-32 (59.4%) from the field and 7-of-14 (50%) from 3-point range, building a 50-34 halftime advantage.

Kansas battled back on the glass, grabbing more offensive rebounds (18) than Kansas State had defensive boards (16). The Wildcats were still able to generally keep Kansas at arm's length, though Kansas pulled to within two with fewer than seven minutes remaining before Pack hit another 3-pointer to give Kansas State some breathing room.

That margin evaporated in the final minute, with Agbaji scoring six of his 29 points in the final minute as Kansas State went scoreless over the same period as Kansas set a school record for largest halftime deficit erased in a Jayhawks victory.

Kansas now faces a quick turnaround and a big game in the Big 12 standings on Monday: a visit from a Texas Tech team tied for second in the Big 12. The Red Raiders handed the Jayhawks their lone Big 12 loss so far with a 75-67 win in Lubbock, Texas, earlier this month. Kansas State returns to the court Tuesday against Baylor, the team tied with the Red Raiders at 5-2 in league play.