The Norman Transcript

December 1, 2013

Tigers bust Cowboys

Associated Press
The Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Shaq Goodwin had 17 points, Joe Jackson hit four key late free throws and No. 21 Memphis beat No. 5 Oklahoma State 73-68 Sunday night in the championship game of the Old Spice Classic.

Memphis (5-1) held Oklahoma State preseason All-American Marcus Smart to 12 points.

In the first meeting this season between the Top 25 teams on Nov. 19, Oklahoma State won handily over Memphis, getting 39 points from Smart in a 101-80 victory.

Smart turned the ball over with Oklahoma State trailing by one with 11 seconds left, and fouled Jackson, who made two free throws to make it 71-68.

Oklahoma State’s bid to tie it ended when Smart had another turnover in the final seconds and Jackson connected on two more free throws as Memphis took a 73-68 lead.

No. 18 Baylor 104, Hardin-Simmons 59: WACO, Texas — Cameron Barnes and Jim Walter each hit 3-pointers for Hardin-Simmons in the first 75 seconds against No. 18 Baylor.

That early lead by the Cowboys was short-lived against the bigger Bears.

Brady Heslip and Rico Gathers each had 17 points to lead six Baylor players scoring in double figures, and the Bears won 104-59 on Sunday in their only game between their first loss in Hawaii and playing another top 10 opponent.

“I think that Scott (Drew) has assembled a team now that is just one echelon away from being one of our premier teams in the country. He’s already consistent with their tournament play in the Big 12. In Maui, you saw with Syracuse, they’re just right there,” Hardin-Simmons coach Craig Carse said. “Naturally, as an NCAA Division III non-scholarship team, we don’t have the length, the height, the vertical, the talent. They have a wonderful team.”

Hardin-Simmons (0-4) has lost its last 11 games against Baylor — the last six by an average margin of more than 51 points — since the Cowboys last won in the in-state rivalry during the 1936-37 season when they had a 12-7 series lead.

Kansas State 87, Cent. Arkansas 54: MANHATTAN, Kan. — Bruce Weber understood his team lacked a legitimate scoring option coming into the season. Most of all, he didn’t want to depend on his freshmen for production.

After seeing freshmen lead in scoring in four of the first six games, Weber received a welcomed performance in which five returning players scored at least eight points.

Shane Southwell scored a season-high 19 points and Thomas Gipson added 17 as Kansas State defeated Central Arkansas 87-54 in the first ever meetings between the schools.

“We got the ball into Thomas right away and took advantage of our size and we made some more shots,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. “I’m happy for Shane because he came into the gym and put some time in. After struggling in Puerto Rico, he got rewarded and knocked some shots down.”

DeShone McClure and Jalen Jackson both scored 12 points to pace the Bears (2-4), who are eligible for postseason play for the first time since their 2006 admission to the Division I ranks.

It was Kansas State’s (4-3) best offensive performance of the season, with a season-high in points and rebounds (52).

The performance on the glass was the best for the Wildcats since its Nov. 18, 2012 matchup against North Florida where they tallied 54 rebounds.

“We have put a lot of time in rebounding since the beginning of the year,” Weber said. “We’ve probably put even more emphasis the last couple weeks since we’ve been a little bullied on the boards. Hopefully it’s paying off a little bit.”

In its first home game after a seventh-place finish in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, momentum was never in question for Kansas State.

After opening on a 12-2 run, the Wildcats never saw their lead fall underneath double digits — and pushed it to as many as 23 points in the first half.

“We expected a run and I thought they’d shoot the ball a little bit better than they’ve been shooting it,” Central Arkansas coach Clarence Finley said. “They’ve been struggling with their outside shot and I should have probably started zone.”

Kansas State’s undersized frontline dominated the Bears on the boards by holding a 27-13 advantage — 14 on the offensive end.

Southwell paced the Wildcats with 10 first half points while DJ Johnson added eight of his 10 total rebounds.

Second-half adjustments weren’t effective for the Bears as the Wildcats opened on an 11-4 run by scoring 10 of those points in the paint.

“We know they were going to get second and third shots because we don’t block out as well in the zone,” Finley said. “In the man-to-man, we tried to double down on the post, Gipson. He got it off quick before we could get into our double down.”

The performance was benefited greatly by the continued emergence of Gipson, Kansas State’s best returning big man. He added nine of his 17 points in the second half.

The junior big man’s performance follows a 12.7 scoring average in Puerto Rico and marks his third straight game in double figures.

With a rather significant lack of depth in the paint, Weber said these performances are incredibly important.

“He’s been a very much improved and dominant player in our practices,” Weber said. “We expect this from him. Can he do it consistently? Can he keep his weight off?”

With an 87-49 lead and 1:56 left in the contest, the Wildcats carried their largest lead of the game as well as their largest margin of the season.

“Over that break we improved on our offense, our spacing and our patience,” Southwell said. “Patience is one thing we really need to work on. I felt that it was better today.”

With arguably their toughest game coming on Thursday, Weber hopes his team can maintain their intensity level in their Big 12-SEC Challenge matchup against Ole Miss.

“We have a huge challenge on Thursday and we’re needing Bramlage (Coliseum) rocking and people there,” Weber said. “We need to play at a high level to see if we can compete with a top level team that’s 6-0 right now.”

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