NCAAB: No. 17 Baylor sends No. 9 Kansas to third straight loss
LJ Cryer scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half to help No. 17 Baylor post a 75-69 victory over No. 9 Kansas in Big 12 play on Monday night at Waco, Texas.
Adam Flagler added 17 points for the Bears (15-5, 5-3 Big 12), who won their fifth straight game. Jalen Bridges contributed 11 points, nine rebounds and three steals and Langston Love also scored 11 points for Baylor.
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Gradey Dick scored 24 points and Jalen Wilson had 23 for Kansas (16-4, 5-3), which lost its third consecutive contest. Kevin McCullar added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Jayhawks.
Baylor is just 9-30 all-time against Kansas but has won four of the past seven meetings. The Jayhawks led for just 52 seconds in Monday’s game.
Baylor shot 37.1 percent from the field, including 9 of 30 from 3-point range. Cryer was 5 of 11 from behind the arc.
The Jayhawks made 46.2 percent of their shots and were 5 of 19 from behind the arc. Kansas committed 15 turnovers to Baylor’s nine.
The Jayhawks made a late charge and Dick scored on a layup and McCullar made two free throws as Kansas crept within 70-65 with 2:09 remaining.
Love made two free throws with 1:26 left but Wilson answered with a basket seven seconds later.
Bridges split two free throws with 40.1 seconds to play to give the Bears a 73-67 lead. He then sank two free throws with 22.8 seconds left to make it an eight-point margin and Baylor closed it out.
Kansas took its first lead of the game at 46-45 on Wilson’s 3-pointer with 15:24 remaining in the game.
The Bears answered with a 12-3 run with Love scoring six points, including a 3-pointer to give Baylor a 57-49 lead with 12:51 left.
A three-point play by Love made it 62-53 with 9:57 remaining.
Dick’s basket brought Kansas within seven with 9:39 left but the Jayhawks went nearly five minutes without scoring. The Bears scored six straight during the stretch to lead 68-55 with 4:47 left.
Wilson drove for a hoop to end the dry spell and cut Baylor’s lead to 11 with 4:41 to play. McCullar followed with a putback and Wilson added another driving basket as the Jayhawks moved within 68-61 with 3:35 remaining.
Bridges scored on a dunk to give the Bears a nine-point advantage with 2:55 left.
Cryer made five 3-pointers and scored 19 first-half points as the Bears led 41-34 at the break.
–Field Level Media
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