Missouri Tigers Claim Top Spot in Big 12

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Marcus Denmon scored 25 points, Ricardo
Ratliffe added 15 points and 10 rebounds and No. 4 Missouri claimed
first place in the Big 12 by edging Oklahoma 71-68 on Monday night.

     Oklahoma (13-10, 3-8) had the ball with a chance to tie with 5
seconds left. Romero Osby was fouled with 2.5 seconds left and
missed both free throws, and Steven Pledger missed a 3-pointer at
the buzzer when the offensive rebound was tapped back to him.

     The Tigers (22-2, 9-2) moved a half-game ahead of No. 6 Baylor
and No. 7 Kansas in the standings. Those teams meet Wednesday night
for a chance to pull even with Missouri.

     Pledger led Oklahoma with 22 points and Sam Grooms had a
career-high 17 points and 10 assists.

© Associated Press

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