Baylor came out of the gate guns blazing in Lawrence. The Bears nailed their first four three-pointers and seven of their first eight attempts. The Bears finished the half shooting 80 percent from the three-point line. Senior guard Brady Heslip led the way with 12 points after hitting all four of his attempts.
Baylor also did a good job of preventing live-ball turnovers. Against a team that thrives in transition, the Bears only allowed four fast-break points in the first half.
Despite the hot shooting from three, the Bears struggled in most other aspects of the game. The Bears shot 42.8 percent from the field thanks to a pathetic 4-for-18 from within the two-point line. Baylor also lost the rebounding battle for the half 14-12.
Things started to falter for Baylor in the second half. After keeping the score close for the first five minutes, the tide started to shift. Sophomore center Isaiah Austin nailed a three-pointer to bring the game within 43-42 with 15:38 left, but then Kansas made its move.
Over the next seven minutes, Baylor committed four turnovers and missed five shots while Kansas went on a 17-4 run to push the lead out to 60-47 with 8:22 left in the game. Senior power forward Cory Jefferson committed a turnover and an and-one foul in succession with 12:33 left in the game. The decision was a turning point in the game.
Baylor would fight back, but could not get closer than nine for the rest of the game.
Heslip led the way with 19 points on six three-pointers to go along with three rebounds. Jefferson scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds. Senior center Isaiah Austin finished with 16 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals while hitting a career-high four three-pointers.
Sophomore forward Perry Ellis finished with 18 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals for the Jayhawks. Freshman guard Andrew Wiggins finished with 17 points and seven rebounds on only seven field goal attempts. Freshman center Joel Embiid finished with 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting.
Once again, Baylor's free-throw shooting woes compounded in them losing the game. The Bears shot a paltry 45 percent on 9-for-20 from the free-throw line for the game. The other player to hit more than half of his attempts was sophomore forward Rico Gathers, and he shot only 4-for-7. Austin missed all three of his attempts.
Baylor once again struggled in the turnover department as well. In only 11 minutes, sophomore forward Taurean Prince missed three shot, committed four fouls and had three turnovers. Prince was one of four Bears with three turnovers.
Baylor will come home to try and turn things around at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday against Texas.