No. 3 Tigers leaving Big 12 with championship

No. 3 Tigers leaving Big 12 with championship

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Missouri Tigers guard Marcus Denmon (12) rebounds against Baylor forward Quincy Miller (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big 12 Championship tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

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Posted on March 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Missouri is leaving the Big 12 on top.

Kim English capped a phenomenal conference tournament with 19 points, Phil Pressey added 15 points and eight assists, and the fifth-ranked Tigers beat No. 12 Baylor 90-75 on Saturday night to win their second championship in the past four years.

The Tigers (30-4), who led from start to finish, will head off to the Southeastern Conference next year savoring a title in coach Frank Haith's first season in charge.

English wound up 29 of 40 from the field in a virtuoso performance in Kansas City. Michael Dixon added 17 points, and Ricardo Ratliffe and Marcus Denmon had 15 each.

Perry Jones III led Baylor (27-7) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Brady Heslip scored 14 and Deuce Bello came off the bench to add 13 for the Bears, who were turned away short of their first conference tournament title since 1950.

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