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OU deals Baylor second blow

Guard Cade Davis, who led Oklahoma with 24 points, shoots over Baylor guard A.J. Walton during the second half of the Sooners’ 84-67 rout. The Bears had to play without star freshman Perry Jones, who was declared ineligible hours before the game.

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Guard Cade Davis, who led Oklahoma with 24 points, shoots over Baylor guard A.J. Walton during the second half of the Sooners’ 84-67 rout. The Bears had to play without star freshman Perry Jones, who was declared ineligible hours before the game.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cade Davis had 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 Wednesday.

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.

Carl Blair had 14 points and 11 assists and Clark Cameron had 10 points for 10th-seeded Oklahoma (14-17), which faces No. 10 Texas. Quincy Acy had 21 points and Anthony Jones 13 for Baylor (18-13).

Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn, the Big 12's all-time leading scorer, had foul trouble and scored 11 on 3 of 14 shooting. He extended his school record to 45 straight games with at least one 3-pointer. He needs two more 3's to set the Big 12 record.

The 6-foot-11 Jones was a starter and one of the nation's top freshmen, averaging 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Baylor immediately appealed to have Jones' eligibility reinstated.

"We are profoundly disappointed in the timing and determination in this matter," Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said in a release from the school.

MISSOURI 88, TEXAS TECH 84: Marcus Denmon had 20 points for the sixth-seeded Tigers (23-9), who held on to end Pat Knight's time as coach of the 11th-seeded Red Raiders (13-19) after three seasons.

OKLA. ST. 53, NEBRASKA 52: Keiton Page had 16 points and the No. 8 seeded Cornhuskers (19-12) failed to get off a shot in the final seconds, allowing the No. 9 seeded Cowboys (19-12) to hold on.

COLORADO 77, IOWA ST. 75: Alec Burks had 25 of his 29 points in the second half, and the fifth-seeded Buffaloes (20-12) unleashed a 12-2 run in the final minutes to slip past the 12th-seeded Cyclones (16-16).

Around the nation

BIG SKY: Devon Beitzel had 13 of his 27 points over the final five minutes, helping top-seeded Northern Colorado (21-10) earn its first NCAA Tournament spot with a 65-60 win over Montana (21-10) in Greeley, Colo.

C-USA: Darrius Morrow had 18 points and 12 rebounds as eighth-seeded East Carolina (17-14) beat ninth-seeded UCF (19-11) 75-60 in the first round in El Paso, Texas. Also, fifth-seeded Southern Mississippi (22-9) beat 12th-seeded Tulane (13-17) 63-47, and sixth-seeded Marshall (22-10) beat 11th-seeded Houston (12-18) 97-87.

MEAC: Garrius Holloman had 15 points and top-seeded Bethune-Cookman (21-11) beat South Carolina State (10-22) 66-50 in Winston-Salem, N.C., to reach the tournament semifinals for the first time since 2000. Also, No. 6 seed Norfolk State (11-19) beat No. 11 seed Howard (6-24) 68-53, and No. 2 seed Hampton (22-8) routed No. 10 Maryland-Eastern Shore (9-22) 77-55.

NORTHEAST: Jamal Olasewere had seven of his 31 points in overtime, and top seed Long Island (27-5) earned its first NCAA Tournament bid in 14 years with an 85-82 victory over No. 3 seed Robert Morris (18-14) in New York.

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