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Oklahoma shoots down short-handed Baylor

POSTED March 9, 2011 11:00 p.m.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Cade Davis scored 24 points and Oklahoma hit nine 3-pointers en route to an 84-67 victory over short-handed Baylor in the first round of the Big 12 tournament on Wednesday night at Sprint Center.
A few hours before tipoff, Baylor’s standout freshman, Perry Jones, was declared ineligible by the NCAA. The issue is whether he or his family received preferential treatment or improper benefits before he enrolled. Baylor said it would appeal.
The 6-foot-11 Jones, one of the nation’s top freshmen, averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds and had been a forceful defensive presence.
The 10th-seeded Sooners (14-17) split with Baylor in the regular season but have dominated over the years. They took charge with an 18-2 run in the first half, fueled by 3-pointers from Davis and Steven Pledger, and seized a 27-15 lead. Oklahoma has beaten seventh-seeded Baylor (18-13) in 32 of their last 35 meetings.
Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn, the Big 12’s all-time leading scorer, spent much of the first half on the bench with three fouls and had only two points when he canned a 3-pointer with 11:10 to go in the second half and Oklahoma leading 56-34. Dunn, who led the Big 12 this year with 19.8 points per game, finished with 11 points on 3-for-14 shooting.
He extended his school record to 45 straight games with at least one 3-pointer. But he was 1 for 7 from behind the arc and needs two more 3s to set the Big 12 record.
Carl Blair had 14 points and 11 assists and Clark Cameron had 10 points for Oklahoma, which faces No. 10 Texas on Thursday in the second round. Quincy Acy had had 21 points and Anthony Jones had 13 for Baylor.
Jones’ 3-pointer put Baylor on top 13-9 before Clark’s bucket ignited the 18-2 run. Pledger hit a 3-pointer, Davis drilled a 10-footer and the Sooners were off, outscoring the Bears 30-9 the rest of the way to take a 39-22 halftime lead.
After Andrew Fitzgerald’s jumper put Oklahoma on top 23-15, Dunn was whistled for an intentional foul and Pledger made both free throws.
Less than a minute later, Dunn was called for a second foul and Davis scored for a 27-15 Oklahoma lead.
Clark’s 3-pointer was followed by Dunn’s third foul with 4:11 to go in the half. Davis quickly hit another 3-pointer.
The Bears went into the locker room thinking they were trailing 39-25 after Jones made a 3-pointer at the buzzer. But after the teams left the floor, officials reviewed the shot on television and waved it off.

Oklahoma State 53,
Nebraska 52

 Lance Jeter scored a game-high 17 points, but it was his turnover that sealed Nebraska’s fate in Wednesday’s 53-52 loss to Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big 12 Championship.
The Cornhuskers, once down by as many as 14, grabbed their first lead at 39-38 when Brandon Ubel drained a three-pointer with 11:21 remaining in the second half.
Keiton Page nailed consecutive threes and Marshall Moses followed with a free throw to put Oklahoma State up 51-48 with 2:29 left.
Still trailing by three inside the final minute, Nebraska pulled to within 53-52 on a Toney McCray dunk. Page then missed the front end of a one-and-one from the foul line and Ubel secured the defensive rebound. The Cornhuskers called timeout with 10.4 seconds showing on the clock.
Nebraska, though, failed to get a potential game-winning shot off as Jeter lost his footing — and possession of the ball — en route to the hoop. Jeter said he was tripped, but was OK with no foul being called
“Especially in the last second,” he said. “You gotta make a play. And I didn’t do that. So I guess they got the last possession, and they won the game.”
Page had 16 points and Moses added 10 for the ninth-seeded Cowboys (19-12), who earned a quarterfinal matchup with top-seeded Kansas on Thursday.
McCray and Ubel both finished with 11 points and six rebounds for eighth- seeded Nebraska (19-12).

Colorado 77, Iowa State 75
Alec Burks scored 29 points, Cory Higgins had 16 and Colorado ended the game with a big run to beat Iowa State, 77-75, in the first round of the Big 12 Championship.
Levi Knutson added 12 points for the fifth-seeded Buffaloes (20-12), who moved on to face No. 4 seed Kansas State in the quarterfinals today.
Jake Anderson poured in 33 points for Iowa State (16-16) and Diante Garrett had 19.
The Cyclones took a 70-64 lead on Jamie Vanderbeken’s free throw with three minutes left, but Colorado closed with a 13-5 burst to win the game.
During the run, Burks completed a three-point play to tie the score and then hit a jumper to make it 74-72, giving the Buffaloes a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Not that Iowa State didn’t have chances down the stretch.
During one series, with the Cyclones trailing 75-72, Vanderbeken hit the front of the rim with a long three-point try several feet behind the arc. Iowa State kept possession, but Garrett’s pull-up jumper in the lane rattled in and out.
Andre Roberson and Higgins both made one free throw in the final 15.6 seconds as Colorado hung on.
“I told the guys in the locker room sometimes you gotta win unconventionally and it’s not always going to be pretty. I think today was one of those types of games,” Colorado head coach Tad Boyle said.
The Buffaloes rebounded from a 28-26 deficit after shooting just 37 percent in the first half. They went on to shoot 57 percent in the second half.

At Sprint Center
Kansas City, Mo.
Second Round

 Kansas vs. Oklahoma State, ESPN2, 11:30 a.m.        
 Kansas State vs. Colorado, Big 12 Network, 2 p.m.            
 Texas vs. TBA, Big 12 Network, 6 p.m.
 Texas A&M vs. TBA, ESPN2, 8:30 p.m.    
First Round

Oklahoma State 53, Nebraska 52
Colorado 77, Iowa State 75
Oklahoma 84, Baylor 67
Missouri vs. Texas Tech, late

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