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Kansas locks down Big 12 title with win over Cowboys

Feb 28, 2012 - 6:19 AM Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) - Tyshawn Taylor scored 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting and Thomas Robinson posted another double-double, as No. 3 Kansas claimed the outright Big 12 regular season title with a 70-58 victory over Oklahoma State.

Robinson totaled 17 points and 11 rebounds for his 21st double-double of the season for the Jayhawks (25-5, 15-2 Big 12), who shot 52 percent from the field to win their seventh straight game.

"I think if you asked us at the beginning of the year, our goal was to always win a Big 12 championship," Taylor said. "We prepared like we wanted to win, we played a terrific non-conference schedule that prepared us for playing a tough conference."

The Cowboys (14-16, 7-10) had won three straight at home, but were no match for a Kansas squad coming off an emotional overtime win over rival Missouri over the weekend.

Keiton Page, in his final game at Gallagher-Iba Arena, made seven three- pointers en route to a 29-point effort, while Brian Williams added 20 points in defeat.

Kansas led by double digits for most of the second half despite Page's best efforts. The senior guard drained consecutive three-pointers with six minutes left to pull the Cowboys within 60-58, but Taylor answered with a three- pointer and a runner to push the margin back to a baker's dozen.

The Cowboys called a timeout to regroup, but Taylor threw down a dunk and hit a three-pointer to cap a personal 10-0 run and put the game away.

"We couldn't get over that hump that we needed to get over," Page said. "We needed a couple of big plays to close that gap, and we just couldn't get over the hump. We needed one big stop to get there and get the crowd in it."

Oklahoma State shot just 32 percent from the field in the first half, and Taylor's 11 points paced the Jayhawks to a 30-22 lead at the intermission.

Game Notes

Kansas head coach Bill Self is 10-7 all-time against Oklahoma State, his alma mater...Kansas has won the last five meetings...The Jayhawks have won 25 or game games for the seventh straight season...With his second three-pointer, Page passed Randy Rutherford's school record of 279 makes from behind the arc...Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State's second leading scorer, sat out with a fracture in his left hand...Kansas finished 8-2 on the road, while Oklahoma State went 11-4 at home...The Jayhawks host Texas in their regular season finale on Saturday, while Oklahoma State closes its slate on Saturday against Kansas State.