#16 Kansas Gets Physical with Baylor in Win

In a game where the announcers and perhaps sometimes even Kansas players couldn't get their mind off the upcoming match-up for KU against Texas, the Jayhawks built a big lead and sat on it against the struggling Baylor Bears. Kansas ultimately won 76-61 for their 10th straight conference win and a half game lead over Texas for 1st place in the Big 12.

Baylor was more competitive than some thought they would be, pulling within 8 points right before the half, but the strong play of Julian Wright, who had a career high 20 points on 10 for 11 shooting, was too much for Baylor to overcome.

After Wright, Kansas had a fairly balanced attack with Brandon Rush, Darnell Jackson, and C.J. Giles finishing in double figures. Guard Russell Robinson also had an outstanding evening scoring 9 points while supplying 9 assists.

The Bears struggled with the pressure defense of Kansas most of the game before catching fire from the 3 point late in the game after the outcome was essentially decided. Sophomore guard Aaron Bruce looked more mobile tonight than he had in weeks, finishing with 13 points on 3 for 6 shooting from the 3 point line while showing more lateral movement on the defensive side of the ball. If he is feeling any healthier, that will bode well for the Bears chances to pull off another victory in their last 3 games.

Curtis Jerrells continued his strong play for Baylor finishing with 17 points, although he wasn't quite as efficient as he has been in the last several games taking 16 shots to get to that mark. Jerrells added 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in the game. The Bears senior forward Tommy Swanson contributed a second straight strong performance scoring 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting despite being pounded with elbows on two occasions which sent him to the bench with blood dripping down his face.

The Bears have 2 straight games coming back in Waco beginning with Iowa State on Saturday and followed by Texas Tech next week. These two games will likely be their best chance to again feel the joy of victory this season as they finish on the road, which has not been kind to Baylor, against Oklahoma State.

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