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No. 8 Texas Tech clinches at least share of 1st Big 12 title

AMES, Iowa (AP) For the first time, Texas Tech can call itself champions of the Big 12.

After his performance on Saturday, Jarrett Culver might soon be able to call himself the league's player of the year as well.

Culver scored a career-high 31 points, Davide Moretti added 20 and No. 8 Texas Tech clinched a share of the league title by beating Iowa State 80-73.

The Red Raiders are co-champions with Kansas State. The 18th-ranked Wildcats (24-7, 14-4) beat Oklahoma 68-53 on Saturday to match Tech atop the league.

''I think you've got to give all of our players the credit. They're the ones that believed,'' said Texas Tech coach Chris Beard, now in just his third season in charge. ''You can imagine the outside noise. It starts in the recruiting process when people say, `Man, you can't win the Big 12 at Texas Tech.' I've always disagreed. You get the right people in the locker room, it's all about culture and it's all about belief and expectations.''

Matt Mooney added 13 points for the Red Raiders (26-5, 14-4 Big 12), winners of nine straight heading into the postseason. Their last league crown came in the defunct Southwestern Conference in 1996.

Lindell Wigginton and Marial Shayok each scored 17 points for the Cyclones (20-11, 9-9), who have lost six of eight. And even though Tech pulled through down the stretch, Iowa State's performance was encouraging after a 15-point drubbing at West Virginia on Wednesday.

''I think we got better, and I think we came together,'' Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said.

With the game tied at 65 with 3:37 left, Brandone Francis beat the shot clock with a contested 3 to give Tech the lead. Culver then hit a mid-range jumper after a turnover, and two free throws by Tariq Owens put the Red Raiders ahead 72-65 with 2:05 to go.

Culver's layup with 59 seconds left made it 74-69, and he hit two free throws to put Tech up 76-71 30 seconds later. Culver finished shot 12 of 19 and 4 of 8 from 3-point range on a day when Prohm said he made ''lottery pick-type plays.''

''We needed every one of those 31 points,'' said Beard, who added that he'd vote for Culver as the league's player of the year. ''He's just a special player.''

After trailing by as many as eight points, Texas Tech ran off 10 points in a row to jump ahead 51-45 early in the second half. Iowa State cut Tech's lead to 57-55, but Culver hit back-to-back layups high off the glass to make it 62-55 with 6:57 left.

Owens was called for a flagrant foul with 4:15 left though, allowing Iowa State to tie it at 65 nine seconds later.

''We grew, and we're ready for the postseason,'' Iowa State's Nick Weiler-Babb said.

THE BIG PICTURE

Texas Tech: Beard followed up an Elite Eight appearance with a conference title in just his third season in Lubbock. Even if Culver goes pro this spring, it appears the Red Raiders will be Big 12 contenders for years.

Iowa State: The Cyclones tweaked their lineup after their dismal showing against the Mountaineers. Freshman George Conditt got the rotational frontcourt minutes typically given to sophomore Cam Lard, and senior Zoran Talley was a much bigger part of the game plan. ''It definitely felt like progress,'' Shayok said.

THE NUMBERS

The Red Raiders really did need Culver to pull them through, considering that the rest of the team shot just 16 of 46. ...Michael Jacobson had 15 points and Talen Horton-Tucker scored 13 - all of which came in a stretch bookending the halves - for Iowa State. ...Tech's defense forced 14 Iowa State turnovers. ...The Red Raiders went 13 of 13 from the line. ...Iowa State, which typically plays its best at Hilton Coliseum, dropped four home games this season.

UP NEXT

The league tournament starts Wednesday in Kansas City.

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Key Players
J. Culver
23 G
N. Weiler-Babb
1 G
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
9.3 Pts. Per Game 9.3
4.1 Ast. Per Game 4.1
4.8 Reb. Per Game 4.8
48.7 Field Goal % 40.9
33.9 Three Point % 36.2
70.1 Free Throw % 75.0
  Defensive rebound by Tariq Owens 1.0
  Marial Shayok missed layup 3.0
+ 1 Davide Moretti made 2nd of 2 free throws 11.0
+ 1 Davide Moretti made 1st of 2 free throws 11.0
  Personal foul on Talen Horton-Tucker 11.0
+ 2 Michael Jacobson made layup, assist by Marial Shayok 12.0
+ 1 Davide Moretti made 2nd of 2 free throws 22.0
+ 1 Davide Moretti made 1st of 2 free throws 22.0
  Personal foul on Marial Shayok 22.0
  Defensive rebound by Davide Moretti 24.0
  Talen Horton-Tucker missed jump shot, blocked by Tariq Owens 26.0
Team Stats
Points 80 73
Field Goals 28-65 (43.1%) 24-54 (44.4%)
3-Pointers 11-26 (42.3%) 8-19 (42.1%)
Free Throws 13-13 (100.0%) 17-26 (65.4%)
Total Rebounds 37 35
Offensive 9 7
Defensive 27 23
Team 1 5
Assists 13 12
Steals 8 3
Blocks 5 4
Turnovers 9 13
Fouls 20 14
Technicals 0 0
31 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
17 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo 8 Texas Tech 26-5 344680
home team logo Iowa State 20-11 363773
Team Stats
away team logo 8 Texas Tech 26-5 72.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo Iowa State 20-11 76.9 PPG 37.7 RPG 15.1 APG
Key Players
23
J. Culver G 18.5 PPG 6.4 RPG 3.7 APG 46.1 FG%
5
L. Wigginton G 13.5 PPG 4.0 RPG 2.1 APG 41.5 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Culver G 31 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
L. Wigginton G 17 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
43.1 FG% 44.4
42.3 3PT FG% 42.1
100.0 FT% 65.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Culver 31 4 3 12/19 4/8 3/3 2 37 0 0 2 1 3
D. Moretti 20 3 2 6/12 4/6 4/4 3 37 1 0 0 0 3
M. Mooney 13 6 5 5/16 1/4 2/2 3 35 4 0 2 1 5
T. Owens 8 14 0 2/2 0/0 4/4 4 25 0 3 3 5 9
N. Odiase 2 5 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 18 0 0 2 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Culver 31 4 3 12/19 4/8 3/3 2 37 0 0 2 1 3
D. Moretti 20 3 2 6/12 4/6 4/4 3 37 1 0 0 0 3
M. Mooney 13 6 5 5/16 1/4 2/2 3 35 4 0 2 1 5
T. Owens 8 14 0 2/2 0/0 4/4 4 25 0 3 3 5 9
N. Odiase 2 5 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 18 0 0 2 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Francis 6 4 3 2/9 2/7 0/0 5 26 2 1 0 1 3
D. Corprew 0 0 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 2 16 1 1 0 0 0
K. Edwards 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
A. Sorrells - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Benson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ondigo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mballa - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McCullar - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 36 13 28/65 11/26 13/13 20 200 8 5 9 9 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Shayok 17 1 2 6/13 4/8 1/2 3 31 0 0 4 0 1
M. Jacobson 15 6 2 6/10 0/1 3/4 3 27 1 0 1 2 4
N. Weiler-Babb 5 6 2 1/4 0/1 3/5 1 33 1 2 1 2 4
Z. Talley Jr. 4 2 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 17 0 0 0 0 2
T. Haliburton 0 5 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 22 1 1 0 0 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Shayok 17 1 2 6/13 4/8 1/2 3 31 0 0 4 0 1
M. Jacobson 15 6 2 6/10 0/1 3/4 3 27 1 0 1 2 4
N. Weiler-Babb 5 6 2 1/4 0/1 3/5 1 33 1 2 1 2 4
Z. Talley Jr. 4 2 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 17 0 0 0 0 2
T. Haliburton 0 5 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 22 1 1 0 0 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Wigginton 17 7 4 3/11 2/4 9/14 3 29 0 0 3 2 5
T. Horton-Tucker 13 2 2 5/9 2/4 1/1 2 27 0 0 2 1 1
G. Conditt IV 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 14 0 1 2 0 1
P. Nixon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Lard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lewis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boothe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Steyer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Schuster - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 30 12 24/54 8/19 17/26 14 200 3 4 13 7 23