Bears Rally to Beat Kansas State

Down 9 at halftime, the Bears claw back for a big home win in double overtime against Kansas State

With the game slipping away, it made perfect sense for a series of offensive rebounds to save the Bears chances. Down 3 with just 23 seconds left, Kenny Chery drove into the lane and missed a layup, but he got his own rebound with just 11 seconds left. He kicked out to Gary Franklin who also missed, but Cory Jefferson was there to secure a second offensive rebound.

Jefferson went up for a quick jumper, which bounced off the iron right to Isaiah Austin. The 7-foot-1 center caught the ball, took a step and lost the ball again, but saw Brady Heslip wide open on the wing. With just 1 second left on the clock, Heslip shot the ball hitting nothing but net and sending the game into overtime.

For the first time all year, the last second miracle shot not only went in, but it went in before the game clock had expired. The Bears had new life, behind Heslip's first three pointer of the game, and three of its 20 offensive rebounds.

"All I remember is when I grabbed the rebound, I tried to not travel. I saw Brady sitting there wide open so I passed it out and I knew we needed three points," said Isaiah Austin.

But that shot would just send it into the first overtime. Baylor had a chance to win the game at the end of the first overtime, but the fadeaway jumper by junior point guard Kenny Chery was just a little long, and Rico Gathers could not secure the offensive rebound cleanly. The second overtime though was all Baylor.

With the Bears whittling down the undersized and undermanned Wildcats all game, the paint was wide open for them to attack and score. The Bears would score 10 points in the paint in the deciding 2nd overtime and also chip in 4 fast break points to build a large lead and win 87-73.

The Bears were led by Kenny Chery who posted the 6th triple-double in Baylor history, finishing with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. "It's nice having him help me. Coaches always say we're only as good as our players, and a healthy Kenny really helps our team," said Coach Scott Drew. "He had good preparation heading into this game and against Kansas State you really need someone to create pressure. Kenny did that. You need someone with speed and quickness to track down rebounds and get deflections. Kenny did that. "

Cory Jefferson led the Bears with 21 points, and also recorded a double-double with a team high 11 rebounds. Isaiah Austin also chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and a career high 9 blocks.

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