Releford eventually checked back into the game, and the Jayhawks picked it up on defense.
After pulling ahead 54-50, the Owls failed to score on five of their next six possessions, and Johnson's two drives to the basket tied the game. Moments later, McLemore stepped in front of a pass from Cummings and went the other way for a dunk and a 58-57 Kansas lead.
Young added four consecutive free throws, and then Releford hit his big 3-pointer from the wing, allowing Self and another capacity crowd to finally start relaxing.
"We played at a fairly high level the last month. I kind of felt we were due a game like this," Self said. "To win a game against an NCAA tournament team where you had to make plays down the stretch, I think it was good for all of us."
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