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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.