K-State Can't Overcome 21/19 Baylor, 82-72




18-6 (7-4 Big 12)

14-10 (3-8 Big 12)

A. Freeman: 21pts, 4rebs
T. Prince: 18pts, 2asts
L. Medford: 13pts, 9rebs, 1stl

D. Johnson: 19pts, 8rebs, 1blk
J. Edwards: 19pts, 2rebs, 2asts
W. Iwundu: 11pts, 9asts, 3stls

Baylor 43 39 82
K-State 32 40 72

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- No. 21/19 Baylor got off to a hot start shooting the basketball and did not let up as the Bears defeated Kansas State, 82-72, in front of 11,636 fans in Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday. 

Baylor (18-6, 7-4 Big 12) finished the game shooting 48.9 percent (23-of-47) from the field and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from beyond the arc. The Bears were even better from the free throw line, knocking down 29-of-30 attempts, including 27 straight to end the game. The 96.7 percentage is the highest by a Division I team this season.

The Bears opened the game on a 13-6 run over the first five minutes before extending its lead to a game-high 25-11 just over the midway point of the first half. The Wildcats fought back and cut the lead to 27-24 with just over five minutes to play before Baylor closed out the half on a 14-6 run to take a 43-32 lead into the break.

K-State had its chances in the second half, cutting the lead to five points two times within a span of three minutes. However, Baylor answered both opportunities with buckets to stave off the Wildcat comeback attempts.  

K-State shot just 39.1 percent (25-of-64), including just 14.3 percent (2-of-14) from the 3-point range. The team narrowly missed snapping their streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer at 261, as senior Justin Edwards connected on back-to-back treys in the last 59 seconds to finish with team-tying 19 points.

Junior D.J. Johnson also added a career-high 19 points on 7-of-15 field goals and a game-high 8 rebounds. Fellow junior Wesley Iwundu also scored in double figures with 11 points to go with a career-tying 9 assists.

Sophomore Al Freeman paced three Baylor players in double figures with 21 points, just one shy of his career high, while seniors Taurean Prince and Lester Medford added 18 points and 13 points, respectively. 

The Basics
Final Score: 21/19 Baylor 82, Kansas State 72
Records: Kansas State 14-10, 3-8 Big 12 \\ Baylor 18-6, 7-4 Big 12
Attendance: 11,636
Next Game: Saturday, Feb. 13 \\ at Oklahoma State \\ 12 p.m. CT \\ ESPNews

The Short Story
K-State could not slow down hot-shooting Baylor as the Bears defeated the Wildcats, 82-72, in front of 11,636 fans in Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday. 
The Bears connected on 48.9 percent (23-of-47) from the field, including 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from 3-point range, while they knocked down 29-of-30 free throws, including 27 straight to end the game.
Johnson and Edwards led the Wildcats with 19 points in the game, while Iwundu also scored in double figures with 11 points to go with a career-best 9 assists. 
Johnson’s 19 points set a new career high, his previous career high being 14 points, which he did twice this season against Texas A&M on Dec. 12, 2015 and Ole Miss on Jan. 30, 2016.

How It Happened | First Half
Baylor opened the scoring just 11 seconds into the game, as sophomore Johnathan Motley connected on a layup to give the Bears and early 2-0 lead. 
Baylor used strong play in the paint to extend its lead to 13-6 heading into the first media timeout. The Bears scored 8 of its 13 points in the paint to start the half. 
Down 25-11 midway through the half, K-State went on a 13-4 run to cut the lead to 27-24 with 5:27 before halftime. Seven of the Wildcats’ 13 points during that stretch came from the free throw line.
However, the Bears strung together a 16-8 run over final five minutes of the half to give Baylor a 43-32 lead heading into the locker room. 
Johnson led the Wildcats with 10 points in 15 minutes of action in the first half. 
Baylor capitalized off of K-State turnovers during the first period, outscoring the Wildcats 12-5 on points off of turnovers. 

How It Happened | Second Half
The two teams traded baskets out of the half, as Baylor’s lead stayed hovered 11 points for the first five minutes of the second period. 
A Barry Brown jumper pulled the Wildcats within 53-48 with 9:40 remaining in the game to cap off a 6-0 run. Brown finished the game with 8 points. 
The Wildcats pulled within two possessions again just three minutes later, as Iwundu hit a basket to bring the score to 59-54 with 6:21 to play. 
Edwards hit K-State’s first 3-pointer of the game with 59 seconds remaining to pull the Cats within 72-65.
However, Baylor closed out the game a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe to stave off a late comeback and win the game 82-72. 
Edwards led the Wildcats with 12 points in the second half after only scoring 7 points in the first half. 
K-State dominated Baylor in every category in the second half, outscoring the Bears 24-12 in the paint, 8-2 off of turnovers, 9-6 on second chance points, 4-0 fast break points and 15-2 off of the bench. 

Beyond the Boxscore
All 10 losses have come to teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25 with a combined record of 138-32.
K-State is now 139-25 at Bramlage Coliseum over the past 10 seasons, including 61-21 in Big 12 play.
K-State is now 33-52 all-time against ranked foes at Bramlage Coliseum, including 18-12 since 2008.
K-State moved to 12-3 at home this season, including 11-3 at Bramlage Coliseum.
K-State and Baylor are now tied 17-17 in the all-time series… Baylor owns a 15-13 lead in the Big 12 era, including a 14-11 mark in regular season meetings… The Bears sweep the series for first time since 2014. 
K-State connected on a season-high 87.0 (20-of-23) percent from the free throw line… K-State is now 5-4 this season when shooting 70 percent or better from the free throw line.
K-State is now 13-3 this season when out-rebounding its opponents, posting a 35-25 edge on Baylor.
K-State totaled at least 30 points in the paint for the 19th time in 24 games.
K-State outscored Baylor 26-14 in bench points… The Wildcats also turned 19 offensive rebounds into a 15-6 advantage on second chance points. 
Johnson and Edwards both led the team with 19 points… Tonight marked Johnson’s 6th game in double figures and 9th of his career… Edwards picked up his 18th double figure night and 74th in his career.
Johnson’s 19 points marked a new career-high… He also pulled down a team-leading 8 rebounds, the 7th time he has led the team in this category and the 14th in his career. 

“We had to be a more sound, take better care of the ball and get a little better shot,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “We tried to make a few plays at times when nothing was there, we missed a few layups and few threes and we had 19 offensive rebounds that only resulted in 15 second-chance points. We had some tips that just did not go in. We had a game the other night that seemed like it was magical and everything was going in – tonight it was not. I do not know why, that is why you play the game.”

Up Next
K-State begins a two-game road swing on Saturday, as the Wildcats travel to Stillwater, Okla., to face Oklahoma State (11-13, 2-9 Big 12) at noon CT on ESPNews. The squad won the first meeting at home over the Cowboys, 89-73, on Jan. 23.