Kansas holds off Okla. State 63-62

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Oklahoma State had a good game plan against No. 2 Kansas. If not for all that foul trouble, it might have been good enough to pull off a major upset.

Mario Little's three-point play broke a tie with 71 seconds to go and the depleted Cowboys missed a desperation heave at the buzzer, allowing the Jayhawks to escape with a 63-62 victory Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

Oklahoma State, routed by Kansas last month, led by as many as eight and kept Marcus and Markieff Morris from operating down low, forcing Kansas to shoot an uncharacteristic 25 3-pointers. They made five and were in trouble throughout.

"We usually shoot about 30 percent of our shots as 3s," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "When we're playing well, it's more like 10-15 percent. That's as tight as anybody has played us all year."

Marcus Morris, the Big 12 player of the year, had 16 points and 11 rebounds but was shut down for most of the second half until he hit a key 3-pointer for the Jayhawks (30-2).

Keiton Page had 23 points and Jean-Paul Olukemi scored 17 for Oklahoma State (19-13). Three Cowboys big men fouled out.

"Survive is not a word that we use around here," Little said, "but we survived today."

more big 12: Cory Higgins scored 28 and Colorado (21-12) beat No. 19 Kansas State (22-10) for the third time this season, 87-75. K-State players had openly requested to play Colorado for a shot at revenge. "I know we're better than them, but unfortunately the stats and the record don't show that," Wildcats forward Curtis Kelly said. … Jordan Hamilton and Tristan Thompson each had a double double, helping No. 10 Texas (26-5) cruise past Oklahoma (14-18) 74-54, its third win over the Sooners this season.

No. 8 BYU edges TCU

LAS VEGAS — The stat sheet was ugly and the final score won't impress the NCAA Tournament selection committee. But to BYU coach Dave Rose, the No. 8 Cougars' 64-58 squeaker over TCU in the Mountain West second round was a thing of beauty.

"I was really pleased with how we competed. I thought our team in crucial situations got big rebounds. We made big shots. We made big free throws," Rose said.

The top-seeded Cougars (29-3) face New Mexico, which has beaten them twice this season by an average of 13.5.

The Lobos (21-11) defeated Colorado State (19-12) 67-61.

Jimmer Fredette scored 24 for Brigham Young, which had a tough time against a team that went 1-15 in conference play before snapping a 13-game skid by beating Wyoming in the play-in.

Big Ten: Jeff Brooks had 15 points and seven rebounds and Penn State (17-13) held off Indiana (12-20) 61-55 in the first round in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers closed on a nine-game losing streak and had a third straight losing season for the first time since 1967-70. … Michael Thompson scored a tournament-record 35, leading Northwestern (18-12) to a 75-65 win over Minnesota. Purdue's Brian Cardinal had held the tournament record of 33 points. Minnesota (17-14) coach Tubby Smith said he's working on a long-term extension. … Draymond Green had 21 points and 14 rebounds as Michigan State (18-13) beat Iowa (11-20) 66-61.

pac-10: Maurice Jones scored 16 and Southern California (19-13) advanced to the semifinals in Los Angeles with a 70-56 victory over California (17-14). The Trojans play top-seeded and No. 16 Arizona (26-6), which rode 3-point shooting to a 78-69 victory over Oregon State (11-20).

c-usa: Darrius Morrow scored 22, including six in overtime, and No. 8 seed East Carolina (18-14) upset No. 1 Alabama-Birmingham (22-8) 75-70 in the second round in El Paso, Texas. Aaron Johnson had a career-high 39 points for UAB (22-8). … Joe Jackson scored 15 and hit two free throws for Memphis (23-9) that helped seal a 66-63 victory over Southern Mississippi (22-9). … UTEP (24-8) had six players score in double figures in a 77-65 win over Marshall (22-11).

pepperdine: Coach Tom Asbury is retiring, with his top assistant Marty Wilson, 44, set to take over today.

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Kansas holds off Okla. State 63-62 03/10/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 11, 2011 5:59pm]

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