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Kansas near another Big 12 title

WACO, Texas — Frank Mason scored 19 and Landen Lucas had the tiebreaking layup as No. 2 Kansas won its eighth straight game, moving closer to a 12th straight Big 12 title with a 66-60 victory at No. 19 Baylor on Tuesday night.

The Jayhawks (24-4, 12-3) trailed by as many as eight points after halftime before going on a 9-0 run to take the lead. After the score was tied for the eighth time, at 55, Lucas had a putback with 3:03 left to put them ahead to stay.

Perry Ellis added 15 points for Kansas, which has a two-game lead over No. 14 West Virginia in the Big 12 standings with three league games left. Devonte Graham had 11 points.

Al Freeman led Baylor (20-8, 9-6) with 17 points, including four 3-pointers. Taurean Prince had 12 points.

Along with the eight ties, there were 17 lead changes in the game.

The Bears went ahead 45-37, equaling their largest lead, on Ish Wainright's 3-pointer on a possession set up when he had a steal — basically taking the ball out of Jamari Traylor's hands and getting the ball back after a couple of passes.

Kansas led for the first time in the second half when Traylor had consecutive baskets, the second with 10:16 left in the half making it 48-47.

There were a couple more lead changes after that — a 3 by Graham that put the Jayhawks up 51-49 with 8:48 left before Baylor went back ahead on a 3 by Freeman with 8:05 left. Then there was a long gap when neither team scored.

NO. 6 MICH. ST. 81, OHIO ST. 62: Bryn Forbes had 27 points and made 7 of 10 3-pointers as the visiting Spartans (23-5, 10-5 Big Ten) won their seventh in eight games. Before the game, the Buckeyes announced that sophomore forward Jae'Sean Tate will have season-ending left shoulder surgery Friday.

NO. 16 KENTUCKY 78, ALABAMA 53: Jamal Murray scored 23, Tyler Ulis added 19 and 10 assists and the host Wildcats (21-7, 11-4 SEC) pulled away.

STANFORD: Sophomore forward Reid Travis will miss the rest of the season because of a leg injury sustained in December.

Kansas near another Big 12 title 02/23/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 11:15pm]
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