By Dave Skretta
The Associated Press
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.
Iowa St. 87, TCU 53: Freshman Georges Niang scored a career-high 19 points and Iowa State rolled past TCU 87-53 on Saturday for its 21st straight home win.
Will Clyburn added 16 points and Tyrus McGee had 15 for the Cyclones (17-8, 7-5 Big 12), who remained the only team in the conference with a perfect home record at 14-0.
Iowa State never trailed in blowing past the Horned Frogs, the only team the Cyclones have swept in the Big 12 so far. Iowa State led by 15 at halftime and jumped ahead by as much as 76-48 late in the second half.
Kyan Anderson had 11 points to lead TCU (10-15, 1-11), which has lost three straight.
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