Unranked BYU rallies from 12 down to stun No. 7 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse

Hunter Dickinson and the Jayhawks lost a stunner at home to BYU. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Road games have been tough sledding in the Big 12 this season. But not for BYU on Tuesday in the conference's most intimidating setting.

The unranked Cougars rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to stun No. 7 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse, 76-68. The loss was the first for Kansas at home to an unranked team since losing to Oklahoma State in 2018. It marked the first time Kansas lost at home after leading at halftime in 82 games. It snapped a 19-game home winning streak dating back to last season.

KU led by double figures in second half

The Jayhawks looked well on their way to maintaining their undefeated home record after securing a 35-29 halftime lead. They opened the second half with a 6-0 run to extend that edge to 41-29.

For the next 14-plus minutes, BYU chipped away at the Kansas lead, fueled by hot shooting from long distance. With 3:47 remaining in the game, Dallin Hall secured the first lead of the game for BYU at 62-59 with the Cougars' fifth 3-pointer of the second half.

Kansas would tie the game at 66-66 on a Hunter Dickinson 3-pointer. But it never led again as the Cougars closed the game on a 10-2 run to silence the Allen Fieldhouse crowd.

The win strengthened an already secure NCAA tournament résumé for BYU, which improved to 20-8 (8-7 Big 12) with the win. The loss further diminished Kansas' dwindling hopes of securing a No. 1 seed, dropping the Jayhawks to 21-7 (9-6).

The 3-point disparity proved to be the difference. BYU shot 38.2% (13 of 34) from long distance on a night that it shot 39.3% overall from the field. Kansas countered with a 3-of-15 (20%) effort from beyond the 3-point line. It struggled at the line as well on a 19 of 31 effort that saw the Jayhawks match the Cougars in made free throws on seven more attempts.

Hall led BYU starters with 18 points, four rebounds and three assists while hitting 3 of 6 3-point attempts. Jaxson Robinson caught fire off the bench with 18 points while hitting 4 of 9 3-pointers. Dickinson led four Kansas starters in double figures with 17 points and 11 rebounds. He shot 6 of 15 at the free-throw line.

Kansas played for a second straight game without All-Big 12 guard Kevin McCullar, who's sidelined with a knee injury. A Jayhawks team that already struggles to find production beyond its starting five saw three reserves combine for nine points. BYU reserves tallied 29 points.