LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jeff Withey had 15 points and 11 rebounds while becoming the Big 12’s career blocked shots leader, Elijah Johnson emerged from a season-long slump and No. 14 Kansas walloped Texas 73-47 on a festive Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Johnson finished with 12 points for the Jayhawks (21-4, 9-3 Big 12). Travis Releford added 15 and Ben McLemore had 13, including a 360 jam in the closing minutes that capped off quite a show against the Longhorns (11-14, 3-9) for more than a dozen former players in attendance.
Texas wound up shooting 21.8 percent from the field and 2 of 21 from beyond the arc.
No. 10 Kansas St. 81, Baylor 61: Angel Rodriguez scored 22 points and Shane Southwell added 18 on six 3-pointers to lead No. 10 Kansas State to an 81-61 win over Baylor on Saturday night.
The game remained fairly close in the first half, but the Wildcats (20-5, 9-3 Big 12) took control in the second, outscoring the Bears 43-32 after the break.
A.J. Walton led Baylor (16-9, 7-5) with 14 points and Isaiah Austin added 13.
A 3 by Austin brought the Bears within 12, but a three-point play by Rodriguez and a second-chance bucket by Rodney McGruder opened the gap to 71-54 with 4:03 to play.
West Virginia 66, Texas Tech 64: Deniz Kilicli scored a career-high 25 points as West Virginia held off a formidable comeback by Texas Tech for a 66-64 victory Saturday.
A potentially game-winning shot by the Red Raiders’ Josh Gray hit the front of the rim at the buzzer.
The Mountaineers (13-12, 6-6 Big 12 Conference) were comfortably ahead 61-53 with 3:19 left, but Texas Tech (9-14, 2-10) made three 3-point shots in a span of 2:45 in an attempt to snap what is now a six-game losing streak.
Kilicli’s point total surpassed his 22-point effort against Providence on Feb. 5, 2012, when both teams were in the Big East.
Eron Harris had 15 points for West Virginia. It was his ninth double-figures effort since being inserted into the starting lineup by coach Bob Huggins 10 games ago.