KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andrew Wiggins gathered the ball along the baseline with about a minute left in regulation, turned around and put up the kind of fade-away jumper that will soon make him millions.
When it splashed through the net, his teammates on the Kansas bench leaped to their feet.
Energized by the clutch play of their talented freshman, the No. 10 Jayhawks held on to force overtime, then pulled away for a 77-70 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday that earned them a spot in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.
“My shot was falling the whole game,” said Wiggins, who finished with 30 points. “They cut off the base line, and step-back is one of my main moves, and it just fell through.”
Wayne Selden Jr. added 14 points, and Naadir Tharpe made four foul shots in the extra session to seal the win for the top-seeded Jayhawks. They advanced to face fourth-seeded Iowa State, a 91-85 winner of fifth-seeded Kansas State, tonight.
“It was an unbelievable game,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “Two teams competing hard.”
Phil Forte briefly gave the Cowboys a 70-68 lead with a 3-pointer a minute into overtime, but the Jayhawks (24-8) scored the final nine points, all but two at the foul line.
Le’Bryan Nash scored 19 points to lead the No. 8 seed Cowboys (21-12). Forte added 16 points and Marcus Smart finished with 14, though he missed all three of his shots in overtime.
Texas romps WVU
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jonathan Holmes scored 20 points, Javan Felix added 16 and third-seeded Texas rolled past cold-shooting West Virginia 66-49 on Thursday night to reach the Big 12 tournament semifinals.
The Longhorns (23-9) will play seventh-seeded Baylor on Friday night. The Bears held on after blowing most of a 21-point lead to beat No. 2 seed Oklahoma 78-73 earlier in the night.
The outcome was never in doubt after the game was a few minutes old. Texas raced to a 21-4 lead, built a 20-point cushion late in the first half, and even pressed its advantage past 30 by midway through the second half.