Big 12 Bounce: Regular season finales

Darnell Pointer

Sports Blogger

@theozoneonline

 

West Virginia vs Baylor

No. 11 Baylor had to battle back to beat No. 10 West Virginia, 71-62. Baylor ended the game with a 30-13 run in the final nine minutes. This Bears outrebounded WVU 22-11 in the second half. Jonathan Motley ended the game with 23 points, and 19 of them came in the second half.

Although the Mountaineers forced Baylor to 18 turnovers, they couldn’t force them when they needed to most. WVU finished the game shooting 37 percent from the field. Jevon Carter led the Mountaineers with 18 points and nine rebounds.

 

Oklahoma vs Kansas

(Kurt Steiss, O’Colly)

No. 1 Kansas rallied back to defeat Oklahoma, 73-63, in a sold-out Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks shot 47 percent behind the arc, including two 3-pointers from Deonte Graham to give KU the lead and momentum. The Jayhawks finished the game with a 31-11 run after trailing 54-42. Senior guard Frank Mason III celebrated senior night with 23 points and six assists.

The Sooners couldn’t get shots to fall as they shot 35 percent from the field. The Sooners held the Jayhawks to 36 percent in the first half but couldn’t stop them in the second half, giving up 45 points. OU finished with 15 turnovers and shot 28 percent behind the arc. Kameron McGusty led the Sooners with 14 points while Khadeem Lattin and Kristian Doolittle added 12 points each.

 

Texas vs Texas Tech

Texas Tech ended a three-game losing streak as it defeated Texas, 67-57. Tech’s bench had a heavy hand in the victory, scoring 45 points. The Red Raiders started the second half on a 14-2 run and never looked back. Keenan Evans was the leading scorer with 18 points off the bench.

The Longhorns allowed the Red Raiders to shoot 48 percent from the field after going into halftime down five. Although UT had 17 assists as a team, it struggled from 3-point land, shooting 22 percent. Shaquille Cleare led his team with 15 points.

 

Kansas State vs TCU

Kansas State survived a late rally from TCU, winning 75-74. The Wildcats went into halftime up 11 but struggled defensively in the second half, giving up 45 points. K-State shot 46 percent from the field and was outrebounded by TCU 31-28. Dean Wade led the Wildcats with 20 points and senior Wesley Iwundu, who broke a school record with 119 career starts, recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds.

TCU shot 50 percent from the field but ran out of time to get a victory. The Horned Frogs started the second half on a 20-10 run to cut the lead within one but couldn’t stop the Wildcats from going on a run. TCU cut the deficit within one four times but couldn’t manage to seal the deal. Vladimir Brodziansky gave his all, scoring 18 points and seven rebounds.

 

Iowa State vs West Virginia

No. 10 West Virginia took control of the game as it defeated No. 24 Iowa State, 87-76. WVU used the 3-pointer to its advantage, shooting 42 percent from behind the arc. The Mountaineers had great ball movement, recording 21 assists. Daxter Miles Jr. tied a career-high with 23 points. With this win, WVU clinched the second seed in the Big 12 tournament.

The Cyclones went into halftime down one but were outscored in the second half 44-34. ISU had a hard time getting shots to fall as it shot 38 percent from the field. Nazareth Mitrou-Long led the Cyclones with 22 points and six rebounds.

 

Saturday Games

Texas Tech vs Kansas State

Kansas State handled Texas Tech, 61-48. K-State started the game on a 9-0 run and never stepped off the brakes. The Wildcats shot 44 percent from the field and had 17 assists as a team. D.J. Johnson was the leading scorer for the Wildcats with 19 points.

The Red Raiders struggled from the field, shooting 35 percent. Tech turned the ball over 17 times, giving K-State a chance to go on a 17-3 run. Niem Stevenson and Keenan Evans led Tech with 11 points each.

 

TCU vs Oklahoma

Oklahoma defeated TCU, 73-68, to give the Sooners their fifth conference win of the season. The Sooners shot 77 percent from the free throw line. OU finished the game on a 7-2 run, which included seven straight made free throws by the team. Kameron McGusty led the way for the Sooners with a career-high 22 points.

Although TCU shot 47 percent behind the arc, it shot 44 percent from the free throw line. Vladimir Brodziansky and Kenrich Williams led the Horned Frogs with 17 points each. TCU ended its season on a sour note, losing its last seven games. TCU will need to regroup fast as it plays OU again in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.

 

Baylor vs Texas

No. 11 Baylor routed Texas, 75-64. Baylor had a great day shooting, posting 45 percent from the field and 3-point land. Baylor won the glass, outrebounding UT 44-28. Jonathan Motley had another great game against UT, recording 17 points and 17 rebounds.

Jarrett Allen’s 20-point performance was not enough to push the Longhorns over the edge. The 3-point line was UT’s detriment as it shot 28 percent from behind the arc. The Longhorns finished the season losing their last seven games and finished last in the Big 12.

 

(Kurt Steiss, O’Colly)

Oklahoma State vs Iowa State

Oklahoma State vs Kansas 

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