The Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship kicked off on Wednesday, but the action heated up with quarterfinals play on Thursday.
No. 16 Iowa State beats Kansas State in a shootout, 91-85
The Cyclones, one of the top ten offenses in the country, faced a Kansas State team that had give up less than 65 points a game this season and led the Big 12 in defense.
Though the Wildcats normally focus on slowing down the game, this match turned into a high-scoring affair. The Cyclones had five players in double figures and were led by senior Melvin Ejim, who finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 10 Kansas outlasts Oklahoma State in overtime, 77-70
The Jayhawks led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but the Cowboys slowly fought their way back into the game. With just over four minutes to go in regulation Markel Brown made a layup that gave the Cowboys a 60-59 lead. Two minutes later, he knocked in a 3-pointer that gave Oklahoma State a two-point lead with just over 90 seconds left. Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins answered with a fade-away jumper to force overtime.
Oklahoma State's Phil Forte hit a 3-pointer early in the extra minutes, but the rest of the game was all Jayhawks. Kansas rattled off nine unanswered points to move into the semifinals.
Wiggins led all players with 30 points. He also contributed eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Baylor upsets No. 17 Oklahoma, 78-73
The Sooners, who had beaten the Bears in both meetings during the regular season, got off to a flat start as Baylor grabbed an early 10-0 lead. The Bears extended their lead to as many as 21 points in the early minutes of the second half, but they could not hold off the Sooners. Oklahoma made a late run that cut the Bears lead to three points with three seconds to go, but they never managed to take the lead.
This was the Bears ninth win in their last ten games. The Bears were led by senior center Cory Jefferson, who posted his sixth double-double in the last nine games with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Isaiah , who finished with 18 points, five rebounds and five steals. Royce O'Neale added his second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 10 boards.
Texas stymies West Virginia, 66-49
The Mountaineers, who had lost to Texas 80-69 and 88-71 in their regular season matchups, were looking to right the ship and sneak into the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately, they got off to an extremely slow start as Texas jumped out to a 12-0 lead before the Mountaineers hit their first shot five minutes into the game. The Longhorns continued to build their lead throughout the first half, taking a 35-14 lead into the break. At halftime the West Virginia bench had outscored the started nine to five.
Although the game was already out of hand, West Virginia's junior point guard Juwan Staten suffered an ankle injury in the middle of the second half that forced him to miss the remainder of the game. Staten, who had led the Big 12 in scoring with 18.4 points per game, finished the night with just four points on 1-11 shooting.
The Longhorns were led by forward Jonathan Holmes, who was 7-8 from the floor and finished with 20 points and seven boards. Javan Felix was 4-8 from behind the arc and added 16 points and six assists.
The semifinal round will be held Friday. Iowa State will face Kansas at 7 p.m. (ET), followed by Baylor against Texas at 9:30 p.m. (ET).
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