KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Talen Horton-Tucker hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points and fifth-seeded Iowa State shot past fourth-seeded Baylor 83-66 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament on Thursday.
The Cyclones (21-11) also had key contributions from Marial Shayok who had 18 with four 3-pointers, Lindell Winginton with 16 points and Tyrese Haliburton with 13.
Iowa State faces top-seeded Kansas State or eighth-seeded TCU in the semifinals on Friday night.
Mario Kegler led Baylor (19-13) in scoring with 16 while Makai Mason had 14.
Both teams came out hot but Mason hit three of his four 3-pointers, the last one part of a 10-1 run that gave the Bears and 18-14 lead. Iowa State finished the first half on a 12-3 run to lead 38-29 as Horton-Tucker finished with four first half triples and 16 points.
Haliburton started the second half nailing two 3’s and making a layup to give the Cyclones a 16-point edge before a Baylor timeout. The Cyclones led by as many as 22.
Baylor: The Bears have lost four in a row and have yet to win a game in March. They are limping into the NCAA tournament where they will be no better than an eight seed.
Iowa State: The Cyclones have won three of the last five Big 12 Tournaments and if they shoot like they did in the quarterfinals, they’ll be a tough out.
Baylor will await to see their seed in the NCAA tournament on Sunday.
Iowa State is on to the semifinals against the winner of No.8 TCU and first-seeded Kansas State on Friday night.