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TCU, WVU Victorious on Day 1
March 13, 2019

Championship Central - Bracket

No. 8-seed TCU and No. 10-seed West Virginia collected narrow victories Wednesday night, as the two programs advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship.

TCU edged No. 9-seed Oklahoma State in the opening game thanks to a three-pointer from TCU's Desmond Bane. West Virginia escaped with a 72-71 over No. 7-seed Oklahoma in game two, as a Sooner three-point attempt was deemed a two. 

The Horned Frogs will face top-seeded K-State in a 1:30 p.m. CT tip, while the Mountaineers play No. 2-seed Texas Tech at 6 p.m. CT. 

Game 1 | No. 8 TCU 73, No. 9 Oklahoma State 70
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Bane's Trey Lifts TCU Past Oklahoma State

KANSAS CITY (AP) – Desmond Bane hit a corner three with 16 seconds left to give TCU a one-point lead, as they held off Oklahoma State in a 73-70 win in the opening round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship on Wednesday night.

The Horned Frogs fought off a late comeback by the Cowboys, who outscored TCU 41-28 in the second half. Oklahoma State led by one with one minute to go after trailing by as many as 21 in the second half, but it wasn't enough in the three-point loss.  Kouat Noi scored 20 points to lead TCU (20-12).

Bane and Kevin Samuel added 15 points.  Lindy Waters and Yor Anei had 17 points apiece for Oklahoma State  (12-20).  With TCU up 68-54 and only seven minutes to go, the Cowboys went on a 15-0 run for a one-point lead with just one minute to play.  The Horned Frogs looked like a team playing for their NCAA Tournament lives at the start as they jumped out to a 27-11 lead. Noi hit two 3-pointers and Samuel had three dunks in the first 10  minutes.

Game 2 | No. 10 West Virginia 72, No. 7 Oklahoma 71
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West Virginia Prevails Over Oklahoma

KANSAS CITY (AP) - West Virginia held on to beat Oklahoma 72-71 in the first round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship on Wednesday night when the Sooners' Christian James, who appeared to knock down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force overtime, was determined to have had his foot on the line.

The officials overturned their original call and sent the No. 10-seed Mountaineers (13-19) into the quarterfinal round, where they will play No. 2-seed Texas Tech for a semifinal spot.

Lamont West had 15 points and Jermaine Haley had 14 to lead West Virginia, though Haley missed the first of two free throws that would have clinched the game with 8 seconds to go.

Jordan McCabe added 12 points for the Mountaineers, who finally had a reason to feel good after a season full of strife. None of which seemed to matter much Wednesday night.

Brady Manek had 22 points and Kristian Doolittle had 18 for the seventh-seeded Sooners, who are now poised to give the NCAA Tournament selection committee an intriguing case.

The Sooners have four quadrant-1 wins and a strong resume against quality opponents. And with a loss to the Mountaineers, they won't have an opportunity to add to their win total in Kansas City.

The Mountaineers, who have played in the past three title games, raced to an early lead against the Sooners, only to watch coach Lon Kruger's team slowly claw back into the game.

They did it old-school, too. Oklahoma hit just one 3-pointer - James' in the closing seconds for a 35-33 halftime advantage - and never made it to the foul line. Instead, the Sooners kept getting open looks in the middle of the Mountaineers defense for layups and short jumpers.

Manek hit a couple of quick 3-pointers out of the locker room to extend the lead, but McCabe soon caught fire. He drained four of them in quick succession as West Virginia pulled ahead.

West added a 3 of his own to make it 58-54 with 8 1/2 minutes to go.

Oklahoma kept it close the rest of the way, and Doolittle's two free throws pulled the Sooners within 70-69 with 2:10 to go. But Derek Culver's put back with just over a minute left extended West Virginia's lead to 72-69, and Doolittle missed everything at the other end for Oklahoma.

The Sooners lost center Jamuni McNeace with 12 1/2 minutes left when he appeared to hurt his right ankle on a scrum under the bucket. McNeace had to be helped off the floor without putting any weight on his leg. He was scoreless with two rebounds.

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