- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Zaire Taylor scored a season-high 19 points and Leo Lyons added 12 of his 15 points in the second half as No. 14 Missouri beat Oklahoma State 67-59 to move on to the Big 12 championship game.

It was a clash between two of the nation’s highest-scoring offenses, but it sure didn’t look that way. The teams combined to shoot only 18 percent from 3-point range, making just 10 of 55 on the night.

Kim English scored four points in an 8-0 burst that put Missouri ahead midway through the second half, and the Tigers (27-6) pushed the lead to 54-47 when Matt Lawrence connected on a rare 3-pointer from the right corner with 5:21 to play.

The Tigers hung on from there to earn a spot in Saturday’s title game against ninth-seeded Baylor.

James Anderson scored 20 points to lead Oklahoma State (22-11), and Marshall Moses had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

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