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Baylor Falls late to Kansas, 66-60

The Baylor Bears fell 66-60 to the 2nd ranked Kansas Jayhawks in a game that was back and forth throughout.

In a back and forth game that saw the lead changed hands throughout the game, the Baylor Bears fell to Kansas 66-60 in a tight battle that saw the Bearsgo ice cold from the field in the last 7-minutes of action.  It was the first game all season that Baylor had lost when holding a lead at anytime after hafltime. However, after taking a 45-37 lead with 14:39, the Bears would make just 5-18 shooting as Kansas closed the game on a 29-15 run to flip the game around and secure a big win on the road.  The Bears would grab the lead against at the 8:05 mark off of an Al Freeman 3-pointer.  Baylor would score just 5-points in the next 8-minutes before another Al Freeman 3-pointer with 4 seconds left capped their scoring.  

Shooting was a problem for the Bears for most of the game, as they made just 36.1% of their shots from the field, however 20 offensive rebounds gave the Bears enough chances to make up for their lack of effectiveness. In the end though, 3 big Kansas offensive rebounds in the last 2 minutes of action gave them the extra possessions they needed to escape Waco with a big road win. 

Both teams came out shooting the ball well in the first half, with the pace and tempo faster than expected.  Baylor was pushing the ball in transition whenever they could and getting good shots in the open court.  Kansas was spreading the floor with multiple shooters against the Bears 1-3-1 zone defense, and getting open shots to keep up.  With the game tied at 33 late in the first half, Rico Gathers hit a fadeaway three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Bears a 36-33 lead going into halftime. It was Gathers' first career made 3-pointer. 

The second half brought more of the same for the Bears, with a quicker tempo and their attacking the Kansas defense before it could get setup, either in the open floor or off of offensive rebounds.  With 8-minutes to go, the easy points stopped as the Bears were held without an offensive rebound for the last 8-minutes of action, and the Jayhawks only committed 1 turnover as well.  With Baylor forced to go to the halfcourt offense, they played in the Jayhawks strength. 

It is another step towards a 12th consecutive Big 12 title for the Jayhawks, and another failure for the Baylor program to secure a big upset win. The Bears fell to 0-15 against Top-2 ranked teams in their history.  

Al Freeman led the Bears with 17 points, shooting 4-5 from three-point range.  Taurean Prince was the only other Bear in double figures, chipping in 12 points on 4-13 shooting.  Big 12 player of the week, Jonathan Motley, was just 3-10 while scoring 8 points for the Bears after two back-to-back 20+ point games.  

The Jayhawks were led by Frank Mason, who scored a game high 19 points, while Perry Ellis and Devonte Graham scored 15 and 11 points.  

Up next for the Bears is a road trip to Fort Worth Saturday evening to take on TCU. 


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