LAWRENCE — Svi Mykhailiuk traveled the length of the court in less than six seconds and sunk Kansas State’s upset hopes with a layup.
The Wildcats fought back from a 12-point deficit in the second half to tie the game with 1:18 to go and had a chance to win it. But a 3-point shot from Dean Wade missed, and the ball bounced off of the Wildcats and out of bounds with 5.6 seconds to play.
No. 3 Kansas won the game, 90-88, on a layup from Mykhailiuk that beat the buzzer.
The sophomore guard from Ukraine took off near the 3-point line and clearly took three steps before going up for his shot with no call for traveling. His shot fell, and the Wildcats’ streak of losses in Allen Fieldhouse was extended to 11 straight.
“I think everybody knows here what happened,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said. “You want to see my phones? There are 100 (text) messages on each of them. Everyone knows, but it didn’t happen. We had our chance. They made the play, and they got the win.”
K-State (12-2, 1-1 Big 12) fought its way to a 21-13 lead in the first half after a 13-2 run led by five points from Kamau Stokes.
The Jayhawks (13-1, 2-0) used a 9-0 run with seven points from Josh Jackson to tie the game, and later built a lead with a 12-2 run late in the first half to go ahead 40-34. Kansas hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lead 52-42 at halftime, and then scored the opening points of the second half to lead by 12.
K-State fought right back, using an 11-2 run with an assist from a technical foul on Jackson to pull within 56-53 of the lead.
The Wildcats pulled within two points at 73-71 after a 7-0 run capped by an alley-oop from Xavier Sneed.
Kansas threatened to pull away by taking an 81-75 lead, but the Wildcats wouldn’t go away, tying the game at 84 with 1:49 to play after baskets from Stokes and Barry Brown.
Landen Lucas made a shot and drew a foul, but missed his and-one free throw, and Stokes made a pair of shots from the free-throw line on the other end to tie the game at 86.
D.J. Johnson fouled out with 1:02 to play, allowing Lucas to make two free throws and put the Jayhawks ahead 88-86.
Wesley Iwundu tied the game back up with 49 seconds to play on a wild layup, and K-State got the ball back after a pair of misses from Kansas.
K-State ran a play to get a shot from Wade at the top of the perimeter, but his shot missed and deflected toward the hands of Iwundu. The K-State senior couldn’t keep his grip on the ball, and it slipped out of bounds.
The Wildcats made an effort to keep the ball out of Kansas guard Frank Mason’s hands on the last possession, forcing the Jayhawks to throw the ball in to Mykhailiuk. The sophomore took the ball across half court in a hurry and picked up his dribble before he reached the 3-point line. After his third step Mykhailiuk jumped up for the layup and the ball rolled through the net as the buzzer sounded.
Kansas players flooded the court in celebration as K-State’s looked at the officials signaling for a traveling call.
“I thought a call was going to be made, but it wasn’t,” Johnson said.
Kansas coach Bill Self said he hadn’t seen a replay of the final sequence but heard his player might have traveled.
Either way, he deflected attention to what Mykhailiuk was able to do in such short time.
“It was still a heck of an athletic play to get it to the hole,” he said.
Wade led the Wildcats with 20 points, tying his career high. Iwundu scored 17, and Brown and Stokes each had 13. Johnson scored 10 points.
Jackson led the Kansas effort with 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Lucas had 18, Mason scored 15, and Devonte’ Graham finished with 13.
K-State returns home on Saturday to play Oklahoma at 2 p.m. on ESPNews.
“We proved we belonged,” Weber said. “Now we have to do it Saturday (against Oklahoma) and Tuesday (at Texas Tech). I thought we were going to win. I put a little quote on the board: ‘Success is not final, and failure is not fatal.’ I told them, ‘We are going to win this game, but it’s not final.’ We’ve got to keep winning. That is what the guys have got to believe.”