Brandon Rush picked a perfect time to have his breakout game.
Rush, a Kansas City native, scored a career-high 28 points as Kansas advanced to the Big 12 tournament championship game with a 77-71 victory over Texas A&M.
Rush, playing in front of friends and family members, made nine of 13 shots and scored 20 of his points in the second half of a tight game. His free throws with six seconds left clinched the game for No. 5 KU.
Texas A&M ended the first half on an 8-0 run to tie Kansas 34-34, and it felt so good to Mark Turgeon that the Aggies’ coach pumped his fist on the way to the locker room.
The Jayhawks led 34-26 after Mario Chalmers converted a steal into an easy layup. From there, it was all A&M. Joseph Jones, who had 11 points, nailed a jumper. Then Dominique Kirk hit a three-pointer and a two-point jumper to tie it at the half.
Kansas was outrebounded 22-12 in the first half.