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CHICAGO (AP) — Svi Mykhail­iuk scored 17 points, and Devonte Gra­ham hit the clinch­ing free throws to give No. 4 Kansas a 65-61 vic­tory over No. 7 Ken­tucky on Tues­day in the sec­ond game of the Cham­pi­ons Clas­sic.

In a game that matched the two win­ningest Di­vi­sion I pro­grams, the Jay­hawks (2-0) pre­vailed af­ter the two teams spent most of the sec­ond half trad­ing bas­kets and leads.

Ma­lik New­man had a key re­bound in the clos­ing sec­onds and hit two foul shots to help Kansas knock off the Wild­cats (2-1).

Udoka Azubuike added 13 points, New­man scored 12 and Gra­ham had 11 for Kansas.

Kevin Knox scored 20 for Ken­tucky (2-1). Hami­dou Diallo added 14 points.

Ken­tucky was lead­ing 57-55 when Nick Richards scored on a tip-in and Gra­ham hit a free throw. New­man then hit a 3 to bump the Jay­hawks’ lead to 61-57 with just over two min­utes left.

It was 61-59 when Ken­tucky’s PJ Washington blocked a 3-point at­tempt by Mykhail­iuk as the shot clock went off with 33 sec­onds left, giv­ing the Wild­cats a chance to tie or take the lead. But Knox missed a jumper along the base­line.

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