NORMAN, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- Quannas White and Oklahoma never expected to be up by 32 points against Kansas. Then they never expected to have to sweat it out down the stretch.
White and Hollis Price each scored 19 points as the fifth-ranked Sooners nearly blew their big lead before holding on for a 77-70 victory to pull into a first-place tie with the sixth-ranked Jayhawks in the Big 12 Conference.
"If somebody told me we would've beaten Kansas by two points, I would've taken it," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said. "We beat a good basketball team today."
Oklahoma (19-4, 10-2 Big 12) watched White make his first seven shots, including four 3-pointers, as it took control early. The Sooners used a 15-0 run that bridged both halves to build a 57-26 lead with 17:10 remaining.
"In the first half, we didn't even belong in the building with OU," Kansas coach Roy Williams said. "We didn't even deserve to be in the same league."
Kansas (20-6, 10-2) was outmuscled and humiliated for most of the game, but Oklahoma got complacent. Keith Langford's layup on a fast break with 6:19 left capped a 22-4 tear that cut the Jayhawks' deficit to 66-54.
The Jayhawks got within 73-68 when Nick Collison was fouled while converting a layup with 22 seconds left. But Collison missed the free throw and Sooners freshman De'Angelo Alexander was 4-of-4 from the line in the final 19 seconds to seal the triumph.
"Kansas is a good team and you're not going to be able to beat them by a lot of points," White said. "But we fought through the adversity and got the job done in the end."
Oklahoma extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 36 games and ended the Jayhawks' seven-game run.
The Sooners jumped to a 14-4 lead as the defensive play of 6-11 Jabahri Brown and 6-8 freshman Kevin Bookout helped bottle up the 6-9 Collison, a conference Player of the Year candidate. Collison found the going rough inside and misfired on 8-of-9 shots in the first half.
"When you play a team like OU, you're not going to turn the tables with a team like Oklahoma," Williams said. "It was just a pretty good butt-kicking is all it was."
Brown was lost to a concussion in the first half and played only eight minutes, shortening Oklahoma's rotation.
White nailed a 3-pointer and Bookout scored off a feed from Price to open a 33-13 advantage with 5:27 to go in the first half. The Jayhawks had just eight baskets in the first 20 minutes.
Oklahoma took its biggest lead when Price used a nifty ball fake to convert a layup for a 59-27 bulge with just over 16 minutes remaining. White's fourth and final 3-pointer supplied a 62-32 advantage.
"They were going to come back and we knew that," Sampson said. "So give Kansas credit for hanging in there."
Kansas was able to get to the line to get back into the game, and Oklahoma made some uncharacteristic miscues. Price saw his streak of 36 straight foul shots end when he missed a pair with 1:20 remaining and White, a 72 percent shooter from the line, missed two moments later.
Alexander scored 12 points and Ebi Ere chipped in with 11 for Oklahoma, which has won 10 of 11 overall. Jozsef Szendrei provided an unexpected boost off the bench in Brown's absence with a season-high 11 rebounds.
"When our guys go down, everybody else has to step up, and that's what we did," Price said. "Jozsef Szendrei came off the bench and got 11 rebounds for us and did a great job."
Kirk Hinrich fouled out with 21 points and Collison shook off 5-of-18 shooting to finish with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Wayne Simien, playing his third game since returning from a shoulder injury, had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
"I don't think this comeback made the loss any better," Hinrich said. "I'm still upset and the bottom line is it's a loss. If we came out and played, we could have won this game, but we didn't. "
Kansas shot 34 percent (21-of-61) for the game, a performance similar to its 33 percent (19-of-57) showing in last season's 64-55 loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship.