Kansas Takes Big 12 Title


Saturday, March 3rd 2007, 5:36 pm
By: News On 6


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Mario Chalmers had 21 points and #3 Kansas fought back from a 16-point deficit and beat the 15th-ranked Longhorns 90-86.

The win means the Jayhawks claim the Big 12 championship.

Kansas (27-4, 14-2) trailed 51-35 late in the 1st-half. But then Chalmers, Julian Wright and Russell Robinson sparked a 24-7 run, capped by Wright's putback with 16:01 left for a 59-58 Kansas lead.

Later, with a minute to play, Robinson's two free throws put Kansas on top 88-80. Texas' Kevin Durant and AJ Abrams' 3-pointers cut the lead to 88-86.

Wright's free throw made it 89-86. Then, with 5-seconds to go, Wright blocked DJ Augustin's 3-point attempt.

Wright and Robinson each scored 17. Durant led Texas (22-8,
12-4) with 32.