March 9, 2001
By DOUG TUCKER
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chris Owens scored 12 points and Brandon Mouton made the defensive play of the game as No. 20 Texas slipped past Oklahoma State 55-54 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.
The Longhorns will face Baylor in Saturday's semifinals. The eighth-seeded Bears upset No. 7 Iowa State earlier.
Texas, now riding a seven-game winning streak, had its lead cut to one when Oklahoma State's Maurice Baker hit his fourth 3-pointer with 44 seconds to go. After Brian Boddicker missed from the baseline for Texas, Victor Williams got the rebound for Oklahoma State and passed to Baker.
But as Baker drove in for the potential go-ahead bucket, Mouton tied up the Cowboys' All-Big 12 guard and the Longhorns got the ball on the alternate possession.
After a deliberate foul with 3.1 seconds left, Owens missed the front end of a one-and-one. But Baker's desperation heave from 35 feet was long as the buzzer sounded.
Texas (24-7), which beat Oklahoma State in all three meetings this season, shot only 32 percent but had just 13 turnovers to 21 by Oklahoma State, which shot 42 percent.
The Cowboys (20-8), who are hoping for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, are 6-5 since the Jan. 27 plane crash that killed two players and eight other members of their traveling party.
Maurice Evans, the Longhorns' leading scorer this season, fouled out with 11 points. Darren Kelly had 10, including two key baskets that kept the Cowboys from drawing even in the last eight minutes.
Baker hit two 3-pointers, and Williams added a third in a 90-second span for Oklahoma State to cut the Texas lead to 50-48 with 2:44 left.
Thirty seconds later, Evans, who averaged 19 points and six rebounds during
the six-game winning streak, was called for a charge - his fifth foul - with
2:14 to go.
The Cowboys trimmed the lead to just one point before Kelly connected from 10 feet and Freddie Williams stole the inbounds pass and scored on a layup.
The Longhorns managed a 28-27 halftime lead despite shooting just 25 percent.