They just won't go down. No matter how loud the crowd was, no matter how much foul trouble they were in, no matter how terrific Rodney McGruder was, the Baylor Bears simply would not stay down.
If there was still any doubt over how resilient Scott Drew's team is, surely it has now been put to rest. For the sixth time this season, the Bears faced a top 100 RPI opponent away from home, took their best shot, and still managed to come out on top.
Tuesday's 75-73 win at Kansas State sent a message loud and clear to the entire country: Baylor is no fluke.
Perry Jones III led the Bears with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Sixth-man Pierre Jackson had a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists. Quincy Acy and Brady Heslip each scored 13 points.
The true offensive star of the night was K-State's Rodney McGruder who scored 30 points. The only other Wildcat player in double figures was Jordan Henriquez who scored 12 points.
As a team, Baylor shot 53.7 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Wildcats 25-21. Kansas State shot 50 percent the floor and was the first team this season to shoot 50 percent or better against the Bears.
The Bears did find themselves in serious foul trouble in the second half. In total, Baylor was charged with 27 personal fouls while Kansas State only had 17. Five different Bears ended the game with four fouls. The Wildcats were 18 of 23 at the charity stripe for the game (78.3%).
Baylor's next game will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. CST when they host the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
• Baylor holds seven wins over the top 100 of the RPI this season.
• Baylor is off to its third 3-0 conference record in Big 12 history.
• This win snapped a three-game losing streak to Kansas State for the Bears.
• Baylor is the only team to have beaten Kansas State in Manhattan this season.
• Baylor is one of three remaining undefeated teams in the men's Division I college basketball - Syracuse and Murray State are the others.
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