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Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2011 12:00 am

AUSTIN -- Freshman Tristan Thompson had 17 points and 13 rebounds and No. 3 Texas held off a furious rally by LaceDarius Dunn and Baylor to remain undefeated in the Big 12 with a 69-60 victory Saturday.

Dunn scored 22 points in the second half as Baylor cut an 18-point deficit to three in the final 2 minutes. Texas led 65-60 when Dunn's 3-pointer rattled in and out of the rim with about 25 seconds left and Texas' Gary Johnson made two free throws to put the game away.

Texas (22-3, 10-0) could have settled the game much earlier, but went 22 of 37 from the free throw line.

Baylor (16-8, 6-5) was the first Big 12 team to stay within 10 points of Texas this season.

Jordan Hamilton scored 17 points and Johnson added 13 for the Longhorns, who could make a move to No. 1 after top-ranked Ohio State's loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. The Longhorns handed No. 2 Kansas its only loss of the season, on Jan. 22.

Texas reached No. 1 for the first time in program history last season with a 17-0 start, then went on a losing run that left them unranked in a matter of weeks.

Baylor tested the Longhorns like no other team has during the winning streak. Texas was in complete control after a blistering first half, then looked helpless to stop Dunn in the second as he seemed to score at will.

Baylor has more size than Texas has seen this season with three starters at least 6-foot-10, and the Bears tried to use that bulk to match Texas' physical style of play. Both teams were throwing around some muscle and the game featured several early dunks.

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No. 2 Kansas 89, Iowa State 66: LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris each had a double-double and keyed a 23-4 first-half run that carried No. 2 Kansas past Iowa State.

The victory, coupled with No. 1 Ohio State's 71-67 loss to No. 13 Wisconsin, could boost the Jayhawks (24-1, 9-1 Big 12) to the top of the AP poll for the first time this season.

The Jayhawks' lone loss was a 74-63 setback to then-No. 10 Texas on Jan. 22 that ended their school-record home court winning streak at 69.

Marcus had 16 points and 11 rebounds while Markieff had 14 and 11 for his conference-leading ninth double-double.

The Cyclones (14-11, 1-9), the Big 12's leading 3-point shooters, hit 14 of 32 from beyond the arc, including six straight at one point, but couldn't recover from a 45-26 halftime deficit.

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No. 19 Missouri 84, Oklahoma 61: COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 19 Missouri overwhelmed Oklahoma with its bench, getting 16 points from Michael Dixon and 11 from Justin Safford.

Marcus Denmon, Missouri's leading scorer with a 16.5 point average, was struck in the face under the Oklahoma basket with just under 18 minutes remaining and did not return, finishing with nine points. He was treated on the bench for several minutes before leaving the court.

The Tigers (19-6, 5-5 Big 12) romped without needing much from Kim English, either. English, restored to the lineup after a two-game absence, was scoreless for 33 minutes, finished with six points on 2-for-10 shooting.

Ricardo Ratliffe had 13 points for Missouri and Laurence Bowers had eight points and nine rebounds.

Missouri is 15-0 at home and has led by at least 15 points in the last 10 games, this time shaking off a spanking at No. 2 Kansas on Monday. The Tigers are 0-5 on the road in the conference.

Cameron Clark had 16 points and Tyler Neal had 14 for Oklahoma (12-12, 4-6), which is 1-10 on the road.

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Colorado 58, Kansas State 56: BOULDER, Colo. -- Rodney McGruder sank a long 3-pointer with Alec Burks in his face, but the shot was still on his fingertips as the clock hit zeros and Colorado escaped with a win.

The Wildcats celebrated and the Buffs stood around as the officiating crew reviewed the play and ruled the basket no good.

The Buffaloes (16-10, 5-7) swept the Wildcats (16-9, 4-6) for the first time since 2003-04. They won 74-66 in Manhattan earlier this season, part of a promising 3-0 Big 12 start that has faded with seven losses in eight games.

Cory Higgins led Colorado with 17 points and Levi Knutson added 16. Jamar Samuels led Kansas State with 13 points, Jacob Pullen had 12 and McGruder 11.

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Nebraska 65, Oklahoma State 54: LINCOLN, Neb. -- Lance Jeter scored 16 points and Nebraska broke a three-game losing streak with the victory.

The Cornhuskers (16-8, 4-6) won for the first time in five meetings with the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State (16-8, 4-6), coming off back-to-back home wins over Missouri and Oklahoma, is 0-5 in Big 12 road games. The Cowboys now play three straight against nationally-ranked opponents: Texas, Texas A&M and Kansas.

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WOMEN

No. 1 Baylor 96, Texas 68: WACO -- Brittney Griner scored 29 points, missed a dunk and outscored Texas by herself in the first half, leading top-ranked Baylor to its 20th straight victory.

Griner added 12 rebounds for her 23rd career double-double and had seven blocked shots. She didn't play the final 10 minutes of the lopsided game.

The Lady Bears (23-1, 10-0 Big 12) were in control by halftime with a 50-22 lead. Griner already had 23 points, making 8 of 9 shots and all seven free throws to go with seven rebounds and six blocks.

Texas (16-8, 5-5) had won five in a row.

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No. 14 Oklahoma 69, Missouri 47: NORMAN, Okla. -- Joanna McFarland matched her career-high with 14 points, Lyndsey Cloman scored 10 and No. 14 Oklahoma relied on improved post play to beat Missouri.

McFarland had been relegated to the bench and coach Sherri Coale gave freshman Nicole Griffin her first career start while continuing to look for reliable play at center.

McFarland responded with a big second half as Oklahoma (18-6, 8-3) put the game away with a 23-7 run after Missouri (11-13, 3-7) had cut a 14-point deficit to five. McFarland scored the final eight points at the foul line, pushing the Sooners' advantage to 59-38 with 6:06 to play.

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