Jeff Webster had his best game in a month, scoring 23 points and grabbing nine rebounds Friday in leading No. 24 Oklahoma to a 107-85 victory over Nebraska in the first round of the Big Eight tournament.
Five other Sooners finished in double figures as they improved to 21-7 and won for the seventh time in eight games. The Cornhuskers (19-9) shot just 33 percent, compared with 53 percent by Oklahoma.The Sooners swept the two regular-season games from Nebraska, but neither was this easy. They had to outscore the Cornhuskers 11-1 in the final 1:24 to win by three in Lincoln, then had to rally in the second half to beat them by nine in Norman last weekend.
Nebraska made a school-record 14 3-pointers in that second meeting but hit only seven of 29 this time.
Oklahoma got a pair of 3-pointers from Angelo Hamilton in a 9-0 run late in the first half that gave the Sooners a 49-43 halftime lead. Then they started well in the second half, outscoring Nebraska 9-4 at the start to take a 58-47 lead.
The Cornhuskers' leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, Derrick Chandler, fouled out with 15:41 to play and Oklahoma leading by 13. Nebraska was forced to score from outside and had little luck, shooting just 29 percent in the second half.
Damon Patterson scored 19 points and Bryan Sallier had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Sooners. Nebraska got 18 points from Eric Piatkowski and 17 from Carl Hayes.
No. 3 Kansas 84, Colorado 66
Rex Walters' 19 points paced a balanced Kansas attack that led the third-ranked Jayhawks past Colorado in the first round of the Big Eight tournament.
The Jayhawks, the league's regular-season champions, will meet No. 24 Oklahoma in Saturday's semifinals. The Sooners beat Nebraska 107-85 in the first round.
Kansas, which swept Colorado two games in the regular season, never trailed and led by as many as 18 in the second half.
Adonis Jordan, Kansas' All-Big Eight point guard who averages more than 16 points, fouled out with 3:02 left and failed to score for the first time all year.
No. 11 Oklahoma St. 81,
Kansas St. 57
Byron Houston provided strong inside play and No. 11 Oklahoma State continued to shoot well from the outside in defeating Kansas State in the first round of the Big Eight tournament.
The Cowboys (25-6) clamped down on Kansas State early, getting out to a 19-4 lead in the first eight minutes. They had no trouble after that and defeated the Wildcats (15-13) for the third time this year.
Houston scored eight of the first 19 points and finished with 26 points and eight rebounds.
Iowa St. 80, No. 13 Missouri 75
At Kansas City, Mo., Ron Bayless scored 21 points and Justus Thigpen had 20 as Iowa State beat No. 13 Missouri before a record crowd in the first-round of the Big Eight Conference tournament.
It was the Cyclones' 20th victory of the season and probably assured them a spot in the NCAA tournament even if they don't go on to win the Big Eight's automatic bid. Iowa State is 20-11.
Missouri (20-8) had rallied from a big deficit, but could not beat the Cyclones for a third time this season.