Fort Worth, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Frank Mason III scored 16 points and No. 9 Kansas held off TCU for a 64-61 win on Wednesday.
Landen Lucas finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks off the bench and Perry Ellis also netted eight for the Jayhawks (17-3, 6-1 Big 12), who have won three straight and eight of their last nine games.
"It was a very frustrating game, and we're very fortunate that we won because I think that they outplayed us," Kansas head coach Bill Self said.
Kyan Anderson had 17 points to pace the Horned Frogs (14-6, 1-6), who were coming off an 86-85 overtime loss to West Virginia on Saturday. Kenrich Williams scored 13 points with nine boards and Trey Zeigler supplied 12 points and 11 rebounds.
"We're just trying to find a way to get the wins at the end and make certain plays to secure victories," said Anderson. "This is still a team that's learning how to win in situations like that, but I believe we'll get there."
Anderson nailed a 3-pointer and a jumper as TCU scored seven straight points out of the break to take a 37-36 lead.
The Jayhawks went back in front as Lucas and Mason each scored four points during a 12-0 run, making it a 52-43 game with under nine minutes to play.
Williams' layup got the Horned Frogs within 59-54 with 1 1/2 minutes to play. TCU had its opportunities to tie it, but Chris Washburn missed a pair of free throws and Charles Hill Jr. was off the mark from 3-point range.
Ziegler went in for a layup and knocked down the ensuing free throw to make it a 59-57 game with 33 seconds left, but Brannen Greene knocked down two foul shots and blocked Zeigler at the other end before making another from the line for a five-point game.
Washburn's dunk made it a 64-61 game with seven seconds to play. He then pulled down Mason's missed free throw, but his long 3-point attempt clanked off the rim at the buzzer.
Kansas went ahead early, as Mason's jumper ignited an 18-2 burst. Wayne Selden Jr. capped it with a triple for a 23-10 advantage at the midway point of the first half.
The Horned Frogs, however, responded with an 8-0 run to whittle the deficit to five points and trailed 36-30 at halftime.
Kansas improved to 8-1 against TCU ... The Jayhawks shot 46.2 percent from the floor compared to the Horned Frogs' 30.6 percent ... TCU outrebounded Kansas, 44-35.