HOLY NAIL BITER, BATMAN! Extra frames in Austin and Manhattan and a missed game-winner in Ames highlighted a great weekend in Big 12 Hoops. We also saw a first, a Nebraska conference victory.
After The Jump, scores, recaps and players of the games for each of the 6 game played on Saturday.
... but first, in honor of Baylor's first victory in Austin since 1998, enjoy Bruiser the Bear.
Missouri - 95
Oklahoma St. - 80
in Columbia, MO
Kim English ended a scoring slump with 20 points and had four of Missouri's 16 3-pointers, helping the Tigers bounce back from their worst loss of the season by whipping Oklahoma State 95-80 on Saturday.
James Anderson had a season-high 31 points with eight rebounds for Oklahoma State (16-5, 4-3 Big 12), hounded into a season-worst 24 turnovers by Missouri's all-court pressure. Matt Pilgrim added 21 points, 15 above his average, and added nine rebounds.
Player of the Game: James Anderson, Oklahoma St., 31 pts, 8 reb, 3 assists
(24) Baylor - 80 OT
(6) Texas - 77
in Austin, TX
Freshman guard A.J. Walton, a 47 percent free-throw shooter, made three of four foul shots in the final 17 seconds of overtime and No. 24 Baylor beat No. 6 Texas 80-77 on Saturday.
Baylor led 77-76 when Walton made the second of two free throws. Texas' Justin Mason then made one of two before Walton got to the line again with 10 seconds left and calmly hit both.
Texas had one last chance to tie it but Avery Bradley's 3-pointer bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
Player of the Game: Damion James, Texas, 20 pts, 19 reb, 4 steals, 2 assists
(2) Kansas - 81 OT
(13) Kansas St - 79
in Manhattan, KS
Sherron Collins winced through back spasms all night, only to have the problem flare up at the worst possible moment. He limped off the floor and started contorting his body, drinking electrolytes -- anything to get the pain to stop.
It did, and just in time.
Collins returned to score on a hard drive with nine seconds left in overtime, helping No. 2 Kansas pull out a gritty 81-79 win over No. 11 Kansas State on Saturday night.
Player of the Game: Cole Aldrich, Kansas, 18 pts, 11 reb
Nebraska - 63
Oklahoma - 46
in Lincoln, NE
Brandon Richardson scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and Nebraska pulled away from cold-shooting Oklahoma for a 63-46 victory and its first Big 12 win Saturday night.
Ryan Anderson added 11 points and Jorge Brian Diaz 10 for the Cornhuskers (13-8, 1-5 Big 12).
Player of the Game: Brandon Richardson, 16 pts, 3 reb
Iowa St - 64
Colorado - 63
in Ames, IA
Colorado's Marcus Relphorde missed a layup at the buzzer, and Iowa State held on to beat the Buffaloes 64-63 Saturday night.
Craig Brackins had 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Cyclones (13-8, 2-4 Big 12), but he threw the ball away on an inbounds pass with nine seconds remaining. That gave Colorado (11-10, 2-5) a golden opportunity to break a 32-game road losing streak in Big 12 play, but Relphorde's shot bounced off the rim.
Player of the Game: Craig Brackins, Iowa St. 27 pts, 13 reb
Texas A&M - 85
Texas Tech - 70
in College Station, TX
Donald Sloan scored 28 points and Texas A&M beat Texas Tech 85-70 on Saturday night.
The win is A&M's 15th straight at home and leaves the Red Raiders (14-7, 2-5 Big 12) winless on the road in conference play.
Player of the Game: Donald Sloan, Texas A&M, 28 pts, 5 reb