Kalamazoo Valley Community College raced out to a 19-14 lead after the first quarter.
The Jayhawks, thanks a second quarter scoring advantage of 21-15, took a slim 35-34 lead into the half.
The MCC offense got rolling in the third period by outscoring the Cougars 26-16 and led 61-50 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Jayhawks are on a four-game winning streak against some tough competition with conference play starting Saturday.
“It was a slow start but great finish,” Jayhawk coach Jason Cooper said. “The team is coming together.”
Emmerson Goodin led the Jayhawks offense with 15 points and eight ebounds, while Calla Miller chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. Karleigh Jeffries and Yuna Soma each added 13 points. Jeffries also grabbed eight rebounds.
The Jayhawks (9-4) will host Alpena Community College at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.