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MBB Falls to No. 16 Iowa State in Big 12 Final, 74-65

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Kansas City, Mo. • Attendance: 19,108

(26-7, 11-7) 16/16

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kenny Chery had 16 points for the Bears, but No. 16 Iowa State rallied to beat Baylor 74-65 on Saturday night to win its first Big 12 tournament title since 2000.

DeAndre Kane scored 17 points, Georges Niang added 13, Naz Long and Dustin Hogue had 12 points apiece for Iowa State.

Big 12 player of the year Melvin Ejim finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for the fourth-seeded Cyclones (26-7), who knocked off top-seeded Kansas in the semifinals before ending the Bears' tremendous tournament run.

Making only their second title game appearance, the Cyclones were buoyed by a group of supporters dressed in red and yellow and eager to see whether coach Fred Hoiberg - who has already restored Hilton Magic - could start bringing home trophies, too.

When the final buzzer sounded inside the Sprint Center, Hoiberg rounded the court with his finger raised - No. 1, as in the top of the Big 12, for only the second time in school history.

The seventh-seeded Bears (24-11) have never won a postseason conference tournament, and have lost all three tries since the formation of the Big 12.

Brady Heslip finished with 14 points, and Isaiah Austin and Royce O'Neale each had 10 for the Bears, who were trying to become the first champion to win four games in four days.

Isaiah Austin was named to the 2014 Philips 66 Big12 All-Championship team.
• With 1 block tonight, Isaiah Austin extended his conference-record single-tournament total to 18 blocks in the 2014 Big 12 Championship. / 18 blocks is also school record for career Big 12 Championship play.
Cory Jefferson totaled 43 rebounds in 4 Big 12 Championship games and broke the league record for all-time single-tournament boards (old mark of 40 by KU's Drew Gooden in 2002).
• Senior G Brady Heslip hit 4 3-pointers tonight and moved into 2nd on Baylor's single-season list at 112 (passed LaceDarius Dunn's 109 in '08-09).
• Heslip scored 14 points, his 22nd double-figure scoring game of the season & 56th of career (BU is 42-14 in such games).
• Junior G Kenny Chery scored 16 points, his 19th double-figure scoring game of the season (BU is 14-6 in such games).
• Sophomore C Isaiah Austin scored 10 points, his 22nd double-figure scoring game of the season & 49th of career (BU is 34-14 in such games).
• Junior F Royce O'Neale scored 10 points, his 9th game in double-figure scoring (BU 7-2 in such games).

Iowa State held a 30-20 advantage over Baylor in points in the paint.


Baylor awaits its NCAA Tournament destination. The selection show is Sunday at 5 p.m. CT on CBS.



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