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Joel Embiid feels good in KU’s win over Texas Tech

First half

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Key play:

Texas Tech guard Dusty Hannahs drained a three-pointer that cut Kansas’ lead to 28-27 in the closing minutes of the half.

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Key stat:

Texas Tech shot 46 percent from the field.

Second half

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Key play:

KU’s Andrew Wiggins scooped up a loose ball and finished a game-winning layup with a second left.

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Key stat:

KU had just six assists.

Embiid feels healthy in victory

So far, so good for Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid.

After missing the Jayhawks’ victory over TCU on Saturday while resting a balky knee and aching back, Embiid returned with 18 points and eight rebounds Tuesday while playing 32 minutes in KU’s 64-63 victory at Texas Tech.

It was more minutes than Kansas coach Bill Self planned on playing Embiid — he wanted to limit him to around 25 — but Embiid said he felt good after the game.

Wiggins said it looked like the old Embiid.

“The mobility and everything is back,” Wiggins said. “He was unstoppable. If he doesn’t get double-teamed, he scores or he gets fouled. So it’s good to have him back.”

• After some hot shooting early, the Jayhawks struggled from the three-point line, hitting just four of 14 from behind the arc.

But Self called Wayne Selden Jr.’s three-pointer in the final minutes the second biggest shot of the game behind Wiggins’ game-winner. Selden’s shot cut the Texas Tech lead to 59-58. The Jayhawks also got into the bonus early in the second half, so Self instructed his players to drive or throw the ball inside on nearly every possession.

“When (Naadir Tharpe) doesn’t make shots, sometimes it’s a crapshoot,” Self said. “And there were so many stoppages the second half, nobody got tired. I probably should have played the bench more but I didn’t. But the whole deal was to play inside out late.”

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