Big 12 Bounce: Sooners cruise past Cyclones, Red Raiders break losing streak

Tristan Winkelman

Sports Blogger

@tristanwink

 

Iowa State at Oklahoma

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Oklahoma dominated Iowa State 81-60 in what might have been Trae Young’s last home game for the Sooners. Young scored 15 and dished out six assists Friday. Kameron McGusty led the Sooners with 18 points. OU has won two of its last three games after dropping six in a row. The Cyclones were without starters Nick Weiler-Babb and Solomon Young for a fourth straight game because of injury. ISU was abysmal from the foul line, making just 15 of 27 free throws. Lindell Wigginton led the Cyclones with 20 points, but ISU has lost six straight games. OU, No. 9 in the Big 12 tournament, will play Oklahoma State on Wednesday. ISU, No. 10 in the Big 12 tournament, will play Texas on Wednesday.

TCU at Texas Tech

Texas Tech snapped a four-game losing streak with a 79-75 victory against TCU on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas. Keenan Evans finally had a solid game after he was hobbled with a toe injury the past few games. He led the way with 23 points, knocking down all 10 of his free throws. Zhaire Smith added a spark off the bench with 15 points and five rebounds. TCU had its four-game winning streak broken with the loss today. Desmond Bane scored 21 points for the Horned Frogs. Kenrich Williams put up a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Tech, No. 2 in  the Big 12 tournament, will play the winner of Texas and Iowa State on Thursday. TCU, No. 5 in the Big 12 tournament, will play Kansas State on Thursday.

Baylor at Kansas State

In a battle of two teams on the bubble, Kansas State defeated Baylor 77-67 on Saturday in Manhattan, Kansas. None of the starters for BU were in double figures. Nuni Omot had a solid night off the bench with 30 points for the Bears. A late first-half run gave the Wildcats the lead, and they never looked back. Dean Wade led K-State in scoring with 25 points to go with seven rebounds. Barry Brown nearly had a double double as he tallied 18 points and nine rebounds. With the victory, K-State matches its win total from last year with 21 victories. BU, No. 6 in the Big 12 tournament, will play West Virginia on Thursday. K-State, No. 4 in the Big 12 tournament, will play TCU on Thursday.

West Virginia at Texas

In need of a big victory to boost its NCAA tournament hopes, Texas defeated West Virginia 87-79 in an overtime thriller. Freshman sensation Mo Bamba was sidelined with a sprained toe, but the Longhorns needed a spark to secure the home victory on Saturday. That spark came from Jericho Sims. Sims scored a career-high 17 points and snatched eight boards. Kerwin Roach and Matt Coleman each scored 22 points for the Longhorns. UT shot an impressive 56 percent from the floor, knocking down 11 shots from beyond the arc. WVU’s defense kept it in the game throughout, forcing 14 turnovers. Lamont West had a solid night off the bench for the Mountaineers with 15 points. UT, No. 7 in the Big 12 tournament, will face Iowa State on Wednesday. WVU, No. 3 in the Big 12 tournament, will play Baylor on Thursday.

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