Sunday, March 14, 2004

Big 12: Mouton's 3-pointers spur Longhorns to title game



The Associated Press

DALLAS - Brandon Mouton hit a 3-pointer that stretched Texas' lead and ran back on defense with his arms up.

Then he made another on the next possession and simply walked back to midcourt, nodding his head. After scoring 10 straight points, he felt pretty good about the Longhorns' chances of making it the Big 12 Tournament final.

Mouton's spurt gave No. 11 Texas the push it needed to beat No. 18 Kansas 64-60 Saturday.

"I knew in my head Kansas would have to make plays to bounce back and they did, but those baskets gave us enough of a cushion to finish the game," said Mouton, who scored 18 points.

Texas (23-6) will need Mouton at his best today when it faces No. 7 Oklahoma State in the final. The Cowboys held him to a total of 17 points while beating the Longhorns twice this season.

Saturday, the Jayhawks (21-8) blew an early 11-point lead and were ahead only briefly at the start of the second half. They got within two twice in the last 1:30, but couldn't get closer.

Texas held Wayne Simien, who scored 31 points Friday against Missouri, without a field goal the final 38:28. He was 2-of-8 from the field and finished with nine points.

The Jayhawks shot just 16-of-28 from the line, including 4-of-10 in the final 10 minutes.

KANSAS (21-8)-Simien 2-8 5-6 9, Graves 5-8 4-6 14, Langford 5-10 3-8 14, Miles 3-6 2-6 9, Giddens 2-10 2-2 7, Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0, Lee 1-3 0-0 3, Moody 0-0 0-0 0, Padgett 2-3 0-0 4, Niang 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-48 16-28 60.

TEXAS (23-6)-Tucker 0-2 1-3 1, Buckman 4-8 0-0 8, Klotz 5-10 4-6 14, Mouton 7-17 1-1 18, Ivey 2-6 2-2 6, Thomas 1-1 1-2 3, Moreno 1-3 0-0 2, Taylor 3-11 1-1 9, Paulino 0-5 0-0 0, Boddickr 1-4 0-0 3. Total 24-67 10-15 64

Halftime-Texas 35-33. 3-Point goals-Kansas 4-16 (Miles 1-2, Lee 1-3, Langford 1-4, Giddens 1-6, Simien 0-1), Texas 6-21 (Mouton 3-6, Taylor 2-7, Boddicker 1-4, Paulino 0-4). Fouled out-Padgett. Rebounds-Kansas 42 (Simien 10), Texas 40 (Klotz 8). Assists-Kansas 7 (Langford 4), Texas 11 (Ivey 4). Total fouls-Kansas 17, Texas 22. A-19,100.

No. 7 Oklahoma St. 82, Texas Tech 77

DALLAS - Daniel Bobik rediscovered his 3-point shooting touch at the right time for the Cowboys, who will play for their first Big 12 Tournament title. He started and ended a game-turning run before halftime with 3-pointers for Oklahoma State (26-3), the regular-eason conference champion.

"That was a momentum change for us," said John Lucas, who led the Cowboys with 22 points.

After Texas Tech (22-10) cut a 15-point deficit to five in the second half, Bobik hit another 3-pointer to give Oklahoma State a 60-52 lead. The Red Raiders never got closer than five points after that.

Andre Emmett had 26 points for the Red Raiders, who lost in the semifinals a third straight year.

TEXAS TECH (22-10)-Giles 8-15 4-4 20, Emmett 10-15 4-5 26, Jackson 4-14 4-5 13, Marshall 4-5 1-2 12, Ross 3-7 0-0 6, Coffman 0-1 0-0 0, White 0-2 0-0 0, Dora 0-2 0-0 0, Tomaszek 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-62 13-16 77.

OKLAHOMA STATE (26-3)-J.Graham 6-11 2-2 16, McFarlin 7-10 5-6 19, Lucas 8-19 2-2 22, Bobik 3-5 0-0 9, Allen 5-8 3-4 13, Steyn 0-0 1-2 1, S.Graham 0-0 0-0 0, Weatherspoon 1-2 0-0 2, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Crawford 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-55 13-16 82.

Halftime-OSU 41, Tech 29. 3-Point Goals-Tech 6-21 (Marshall 3-3, Emmett 2-3, Jackson 1-8, Coffman 0-1, Ross 0-2, White 0-2, Dora 0-2), OSU 9-17 (Lucas 4-9, Bobik 3-5, J.Graham 2-2, Allen 0-1). Fouled out-Ross. Rebounds-Tech 31 (Giles 6), OSU 30 (McFarlin 9). Assists-Tech 9 (White 5), OSU 11 (Lucas 3). Total fouls-Tech 16, OSU 16. A-19,100.




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