No. 14 Mizzou beats Baylor for first Big 12 title

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - DeMarre Carroll scored 20 points and No. 14 Missouri ended Baylor's surprising run through the Big 12 tournament, grinding down the Bears 73-60 to win their first postseason conference title in 16 years.

Matt Lawrence added 13 points and his hot shooting helped the third-seeded Tigers (28-6) pull away early in the second half to spoil what would have been an unprecedented run to the title for Baylor.

Baylor made it as far as the finals with a string of 3 straight upsets that included a quarterfinal stunner against No. 11 Kansas, the 3-time defending tournament champion and top seed.

Curtis Jerrells scored 16 to lead the ninth-seeded Bears (20-14), who finally ran out of gas in their bid to become the first Big 12 team to claim the tournament title by winning four games in four days.

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