LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- Kirk Hinrich scored 24 points and Nick Collison added 22 as 11th-ranked Kansas held on for a 76-70 Big 12 Conference victory over No. 22 Missouri.
Kansas (16-5, 6-1) posted its third straight win since a home loss to Arizona on January 25. The Jayhawks also moved into a three-way tie with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for first place in the Big 12.
Kansas never trailed, building a 13-point lead early in the second half and holding on for its 197th home win under coach Roy Williams.
Hinrich and Collison combined to shoot 65 percent (20-of-31), while the rest of the team shot just 44 percent (12-of-27).
"We had two seniors Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison, who were just sensational," Williams said. "The other guys have got to decide that they are going to be players too. Very seldom do I say that just two of our guys played, but those two guys were sensational."
"I thought that we really hung in there," Missouri coach Quin Snyder said. "A lot of their runs came off of doing a good job pressuring the basketball. They generated some good transition points that way."
Missouri (13-5, 4-3) chipped away at the Jayhawks' lead, using a 26-13 run to get within 62-61 following Rickey Paulding's three-point play with 5:36 remaining.
Paulding also sank an open jumper over two minutes later to get Missouri within 67-65. But Kansas' Michael Lee rebounded Hinrich's miss for an uncontested layup and, after Missouri's Ricky Clemons missed a 3-pointer, Hinrich's layup made it 71-65 with 2:42 to go.
"It was great, they (Collison and Hinrich) really carried the load and the energy," Jayhawks guard Keith Langford said. "They made big plays and that's what this team has come to expect of them. They set the bar and the standard that everybody has to follow."
Travon Bryant dunked and Paulding made two more free throws to get the Tigers within 71-69 with 67 seconds remaining. The Jayhawks made just five of their final eight foul shots down the stretch but Missouri never got even.
In the 246th game between the rivals, Collison scored 14 points as Kansas took a 33-28 lead into the locker room.
As the second half started, the Tigers climbed within 39-36 with 17:41 to play following freshman Jimmy McKinney's 3-pointer.
But after rebounding Paulding's missed 3-point attempt, McKinney lost the ball and Kansas' Bryant Nash converted the miscue for a dunk, triggering a 13-0 run.
Collison scored six points during the spurt and Hinrich's three-point play capped the burst, opening a 49-36 advantage with 14:56 left.
But with a chance to put away the game, Kansas went scoreless for nearly three minutes, allowing Missouri to slice the deficit to 49-44 with 13:12 remaining.
Clemons hit back-to-back 3-pointers, but missed a 3-point attempt and lost the ball on Missouri's next two possessions.
Hinrich's 3-point play ended the Jayhawks' drought and made it 52-44 with just over 12 minutes to play. The Tigers kept battling and used a 9-2 spurt to draw within 54-53 with 9:38 to go.
Arthur Johnson, who had been on the bench with foul trouble during Kansas' run, capped the spurt with a dunk. But he missed a jumper on Missouri's next possession, a shot that would have given the Tigers their first lead of the game.
Missouri shot 45 percent (27-of-60) and made 10-of-28 3-pointers. But the Tigers went to the foul line just eight times, committed 20 turnovers and were outscored 50-20 in the paint.
"I thought our big guys got tired," Snyder said. "Their perimeter defense makes it hard for you to throw it inside. We worked at our inside game and started getting it in. You have to get it into the paint by driving the ball too."
Clemons led the Missouri with 19 points. Paulding added 17 and Johnson had 14 and 11 rebounds for his 29th career double-double.