Big 12 Tournament Central: WVU falls in title game

Kansas wins its 11th tournament title, 81-70

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - West Virginia appeared to have Kansas on the ropes in the second half, but as was the case in both of the previous meetings between the teams this season, the Jayhawks prevailed in the tournament championship game.

Read game recaps from all nine contests at the Big 12 tournament:

Championship Game: No. 1 Kansas 81 - No. 3 West Virginia 70

The Jayhawks hit 56 percent of their shots from 3-point range (15-27) and overcame deficits of seven points or more twice, en route to their 11th Big 12 tournament championship.

West Virginia has now finished as runner-up at the Big 12 tournament the last three seasons, while Kansas improves to 11-2 all-time in conference tournament finals. 

WVU seniors Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. each landed on the all-tournament team, alongside Kansas' Devonte' Graham and Kansas State's Makol Mawien. Kansas' Malik Newman was the tournament's most outstanding player. 

Game 8: No. 3 West Virginia 66 - No. 2 Texas Tech 63

Propelled by a game-high 22 points from Daxter Miles Jr., the Mountaineers topped the Red Raiders for the second time 11 days.

Miles hit a free throw in the final seven seconds to give WVU a three-point lead. Texas Tech missed a half-court shot at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime.

Jevon Carter added 17 points for the Mountaineers, who made 50 percent (10-20) of their 3-point shots. 

Game 7: No. 1 Kansas 83 - No. 4 Kansas State 67

Kansas will appear in the Big 12 title game for the 13th time, including four of the last five years. The Jayhawks defeated the Mountaineers in the 2016 championship game.

Game 6: No. 3 West Virginia 78 - No. 6 Baylor 65

After trailing early, the Mountaineers used a 10-0 run late in the first half to pull ahead of the Bears, 25-20. Then, a half-court shot by Jevon Carter at the end of the half gave WVU a 29-23 lead.

That play seemingly changed the momentum in the game. In the second half, Daxter Miles Jr. hit several big shots to propel the Mountaineers to a double-digit lead. That lead eventually expanded to 19 points behind a strong defensive showing, in which WVU tallied 22 turnovers -- its best mark against a Big 12 team this season. 

Game 5: No. 2 Texas Tech 73 - No. 7 Texas 69

The Red Raiders are heading to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2005, and snapped a five-game losing streak at the Big 12 tournament. Texas' Jacob Young tallied a game-high 29 points, but it wasn't enough to lift the Longhorns to their second win of the tournament. 

Game 4: No. 1 Kansas 82 - No. 8 Oklahoma State 68

Kansas used a 14-0 run to open the second half and take a commanding lead over Oklahoma State, the team that swept the Jayhawks during the regular season. The Jayhawks are unbeaten this season (12-0) when they shoot better than 50 percent from the floor. 

Game 3: No. 4 Kansas State 66 - No. 5 TCU 64 (OT)

In a game that featured 13 ties and 14 lead changes, Kansas State prevailed in the first overtime game of the tournament. The Wildcats' Dean Wade tallied 12 points, marking his 20th consecutive outing of 10 points or more.

Kansas State advances to play Kansas Friday in the semifinals. It's the first time those two teams will meet at the Big 12 tournament since 2007. The Jayhawks are 9-0 against their in-state rival at the tournament. 

Game 2: No. 7 Texas 68 - No. 10 Iowa State 64

The Longhorns erased a double-digit deficit to eliminate the reigning conference tournament champs. An 8-0 run just before halftime allowed Texas to take control.

Despite the early exit, the Cyclones are 10-3 at the Big 12 tournament since 2013. They've won the crown three times in that span.

Game 1: No. 8 Oklahoma State 71 - No. 9 Oklahoma 60

The Sooners' recent struggles continued in their first round loss to the Cowboys. Oklahoma State dominated the glass and outscored Oklahoma 19-2 in second-chance points. The Cowboys are 4-1 all-time against the Sooners at the Big 12 tournament. 

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