Big 12 roundup: A&M edges Mizzou in OT; K-State annihilates Texas Tech

Sunday, January 16, 2011

No. 14 Texas A&M 91, No. 15 Missouri 89, OT

College Station, Texas — Khris Middleton squirmed as his teammates raved about his play. The sophomore forward said he doesn’t like all the attention.

He better get used to it.

Middleton scored 28 points, including 11 in overtime, and Texas A&M beat Missouri on Saturday for its 13th straight victory.

Texas A&M’s nondescript team built on defense may have finally found its star, even if he would prefer to sink into the shadows.

“Before overtime I told him: ‘Just take over the game,”’ coach Mark Turgeon said. “He took over.”

The Aggies (16-1, 3-0 Big 12) trailed by one before Middleton swiped the ball from Marcus Denmon and converted a layup with 34 seconds remaining. Missouri had a chance to go in front again, but had another costly turnover.

Middleton made three free throws to extend the lead to 91-87, and MU’s Laurence Bowers had a tip-in at the buzzer for the final margin.

“He did a good job,” Missouri coach Mike Anderson said of Middleton. “He answered every time we made a play.”

The Tigers (15-3, 1-2) were ahead 87-85 after a three-pointer by Denmon with about 90 seconds left in OT. B.J. Holmes made one of two free throws before Middleton’s bucket.

Middleton, who leads the Aggies with 15.8 points per game, played down his overtime performance.

“I was kind of feeling it,” he said. “I don’t think I was really feeling it. I just really wanted to win.”

Middleton was 4-for-5 in overtime, and his only miss was his first shot, an errant layup.

No. 21 Kansas State 94, Texas Tech 60

Manhattan — Jamar Samuels scored 22 points, and Jacob Pullen added 21 to lead Kansas State to a rout over Texas Tech.

Rodney McGruder added 16 points, and Curtis Kelly had 12 for the Wildcats (13-5, 1-2 Big 12).

The Red Raiders (8-10, 0-3) have lost their three Big 12 games by a combined 77 points, with two of those losses coming at home.

No. 12 Texas 66, Oklahoma 46

Austin, Texas — Jordan Hamilton scored 17 points, and Texas sent rival Oklahoma to an 0-3 start in the Big 12.

Freshman forward Tristan Thompson added 15 points and eight rebounds for Texas.

Colorado 75, Oklahoma 71

Boulder, Colo. — Alec Burks scored 20 points, including four free throws in the final 10.8 seconds, and Colorado hung on to beat Oklahoma State to extend its winning streak to seven games. Cory Higgins led the Buffaloes (14-4, 3-0 Big 12) with 23 points and made all 10 of his free throws.

Iowa State 72, Baylor 57

Ames, Iowa — Jamie Vanderbeken scored 21 points on seven three-pointers and Scott Christopherson added 17 points as Iowa State knocked off Baylor to snap the Bears’ four-game winning streak.

Diante Garrett had 16 points and 11 assists for the Cyclones (14-4, 1-2), who picked up their first Big 12 win and improved to 9-0 against Baylor at home.

Iowa State let the Bears get within a point early in the second half before pulling away with a 15-5 run midway through the second half. Vanderbeken then drained a 3-pointer from the corner to put the Cyclones ahead, 69-53, with 4:19 left.

LaceDarius Dunn had 20 points to lead Baylor (12-4, 2-1), which next hosts No. 3 Kansas on Monday night. The Bears, who entered play with one of the nation’s top scoring defenses, let Iowa State shoot 50 percent from the floor and 56 percent from three-point range.

Baylor looked on the verge of reasserting itself in the Big 12 after beating Texas Tech and Oklahoma. But the Bears let Iowa State control the game for the final 30 minutes and paid for it with their first blowout loss of the season.