Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:52 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2014 9:52 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jonathan Holmes scored 20 points, Javan Felix added 16 and third-seeded Texas rolled past cold-shooting West Virginia 66-49 on Thursday night to reach the Big 12 tournament semifinals.
The Longhorns (23-9) will play seventh-seeded Baylor on Friday night. The Bears held on after blowing most of a 21-point lead to beat No. 2 seed Oklahoma 78-73 earlier in the night.
The outcome was never in doubt after the game was a few minutes old. Texas raced to a 21-4 lead, built a 20-point cushion late in the first half, and even pressed its advantage past 30 by midway through the second half before coasting the final few minutes.
The sixth-seeded Mountaineers (17-15) likely had their faint NCAA tournament hopes dashed by the miserable night on offense. They shot just 30 percent from the field.