Baylor shocks Kansas in Big 12 semis

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 10 (UPI) -- A 3-point shot by Brady Heslip with 1:24 left Friday blunted a Kansas rally and sent Baylor to an 81-72 win over the No. 3 Jayhawks in the Big 12 semifinals.

The stunning outcome in front of a partisan Kansas crowd likely gave a boost to Baylor's seeding for the NCAA Tournament and put the 11th-ranked Bears in the conference championship game against No. 5 Missouri.


Missouri reached the title game by subduing Texas 81-67.

Baylor led by 14 points early in the second half but Kansas came back within four with less than 2 minutes to play. Heslip then hit his 3-pointer to give the Bears a 73-66 lead and Kansas could come no closer than five points the rest of the way.

Six Baylor players scored in double figures, led by Perry Jones III with 18. Quincy Miller and Pierre Jackson had 13 each while Heslip scored 12.

Baylor (27-6) was one of the sensations of the early portion of the season but the Bears faded to fourth in the final Big 12 standings. They lost their two regular-season meetings with Kansas by a combined 32 points.


Tyshawn Taylor led the top-seeded Jayhawks (27-6) with 20 points. Kansas had won the previous two Big 12 tourneys.

Missouri (29-4) led by only four 3:30 into the second half, but then steadily built a lead behind 23 points from both Kim English and Phil Pressey. Ricardo Ratliffe added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Tigers.

J'Covan Brown led Texas (20-13) with 21 points.

Missouri defeated Baylor in both their regular-season meetings, winning by one point in Waco and by 25 in Columbia.

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