West Virginia's Esa Ahmad made the second of two free throws with 20.2 seconds left, and an off-balance 3-pointer by Kansas State's Kamau Stokes was off at the buzzer, allowing the No. 11 Mountaineers to escape with a 51-50 victory in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals Friday night.
Tarik Phillip tied the game for the Mountaineers, 26-7, with a 3-pointer with 1:41 left, and the Wildcats, 20-13, came up empty at the other end. Ahmad was fouled during a mad scramble for a rebound moments later, and he clanked his first free throw before making his second.
The Mountaineers will face No. 23 Iowa State in the tournament final Saturday night.
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