Oklahoma 74, Baylor 71
WACO, Texas -- Amath M'Baye and Steven Pledger both scored 20 points and Oklahoma held on for a 74-71 victory at Baylor on Wednesday night to tie the Bears for second place in the Big 12.
Baylor (14-6, 5-2 Big 12) trailed by 16 in the second half before twice cutting the deficit to one. Sooners freshman guard Buddy Hield spun and drove for a bank shot with 1:06 left, and Pledger made two free throws with 8.6 seconds left.
Romero Osby added 11 points for Oklahoma (14-5, 5-2).
Big 12 scoring leader Pierre Jackson had 22 points for Baylor, but missed a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left. Brady Heslip got the ball after the missed shot, and stepped back, but his shot rattled off the rim as time ran out, though his foot might have been on the line anyway.
Isaiah Austin, Baylor's 7-foot-1 freshman, had 17 points and 22 rebounds.
Kansas State 83, Texas 57
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Thomas Gipson had 17 points off the bench, Angel Rodriguez added 11 points and eight assists, and No. 18 Kansas State routed Texas 83-57 on Wednesday night to snap a two-game skid.
Omari Lawrence also scored 12 in a reserve role for the Wildcats (16-4, 5-2 Big 12), who built a 38-19 lead by halftime despite playing long stretches without three key players.
Rodney McGruder, the Big 12's third-leading scorer, picked up two fouls in less than 2 minutes and spent the rest of the half on the bench. Martavious Irving joined him with two fouls moments later, and Will Spradling went to the locker room after getting smacked in the head.
The Longhorns (9-11, 1-6) couldn't capitalize, committing 18 turnovers.
Sheldon McClellan had 15 points on 3 of 12-shooting for Texas, which sorely missed the ball-handling and playmaking ability of suspended guard Myck Kabongo.
Jaylen Bond added 12 points, most of them when the game had been decided.
The Longhorns, who snapped a five-game skid by beating Texas Tech last Saturday, still have not won a road game in five tries this season. They've also lost five of their last seven against the Wildcats, including three straight in Manhattan.
Kansas State tried to help them out with its early foul trouble.
McGruder couldn't believe it when he heard two quick whistles, and neither could Bruce Weber when Irving joined him on the bench. The Wildcats' first-year coach at one point got into a shouting match with officials that covered the entire width of the court.
The way Texas was executing, it didn't matter who Kansas State played.
During one haphazard stretch, Texas turned the ball over five times in six possessions, and the one time it got a shot off, McClellan tossed up an air ball.
The Wildcats took advantage by putting together an 8-0 run. By the time Texas coach Rick Barnes called for a timeout, the Wildcats had pulled ahead 21-9 with 8 minutes left in the half.
Texas finally ended its drought when McClellan scored in transition, and in the process ran over Spradling. Trainers rushed out and pushed a towel against his bloody face, and after a few seconds on the bench, Spradling was accompanied to the Kansas State locker room.
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Oklahoma 74, Baylor 71