Kansas point guard Frank Mason did not want to go to overtime for a second consecutive game.
After dropping 30 in the No. 7 ranked Jayhawks' season-opening overtime loss to Indiana, Mason erupted in the second half of his squad's Tuesday-night tilt with the No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The senior leader sat most of the first half with foul trouble, but Kansas needed every one of his 17 second-half points, the last two of which came with 1.8 seconds on the clock in a tie game to give his team a 77-75 win.
Frank Mason III, ice in his veins, sinks the #1 team in the country. ❄️ pic.twitter.com/DDhW0tR0cl
— LeadingNCAA ™ (@LeadingNCAA) November 16, 2016
Injuries and foul trouble turned what was to be a star freshman showcase into a battle of two veteran teams. Duke played without young phenoms Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles.
First-year Kansas wing Josh Jackson, a possible No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, impressed before collecting his fifth foul—two of which were so egregious even analyst Jay Bilas couldn't justify them—by dropping 15 points on an incredibly efficient 7-of-9 shooting in just 18 minutes.