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Archive for Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pittman dominates again as Texas beats Kansas St.

Texas' Dexter Pittman, left, is double-eamed by Kansas State's Jacob Pullen (0) and Ron Anderson, right, in the second half of their game at the Big 12 Conference men's tournament in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2009.

Texas' Dexter Pittman, left, is double-eamed by Kansas State's Jacob Pullen (0) and Ron Anderson, right, in the second half of their game at the Big 12 Conference men's tournament in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2009.

March 12, 2009

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— Dexter Pittman dominated inside for a second straight game, finishing with 19 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as Texas beat Kansas State 61-58 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament.

Pittman's three-point play with 1:14 left put Texas ahead for good at 60-58, and in the final seconds, he grabbed a critical rebound after a Kansas State miss, then hit 1-of-2 free throws with 12.1 seconds left to make it 61-58.

Denis Clemente missed a deep 3-point attempt on Kansas State's final possession and Gary Johnson rebounded for the Longhorns.

Texas (22-10) avenged a regular-season defeat at the hands of Kansas State (21-11) and solidified its NCAA tournament status, while the Wildcats — one of a handful of bubble teams from the Big 12 — must wait until Sunday to find out if they'll be in the NCAA tournament or receive a National Invitation Tournament berth.

Jacob Pullen led Kansas State with 21 points.

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