Baylor uses Late Surge to dominate Kansas

Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

WACO, Texas — Despite 27 points from senior Ochai Agbaji, the Kansas Jayhawks were edged out by the Baylor Bears, 80-70, Saturday night at Ferrell Center.

The fifth-placed Jayhawks fell to 23-5 this season and 12-3 in the Big 12 game. No. 5/7 Baylor improved to 24-5 on the year and 12-4 in the league . The back-and-forth affair featured five draws and three lead changes, with the Jayhawks leading for more than 25 minutes of the road contest.

However, Baylor finished the game on a 17-7 run to break a late tie and secure the win to split the two-game series into one. The Bears had four players who scored in double figures in the win and another added nine points in a balanced offense.

Kansas controlled the game early and jumped on Baylor. The Jayhawks opened the game on a 16-4 streak that was capped off by an offensive return from David McCormack. Agbaji and Christian Braun both had 3s on the run and McCormack had a pair of buckets.

The Jayhawks led by as much as 13 points in the first half – reaching that lead three times. However, Baylor closed out the first half strong, closing in on the Kansas lead. After Remy Martin hit a jump shot into the lane to put Kansas in the lead 30-25 with 2:23 left, Baylor scored the next four points to cut the lead to one with 1:07 left in the game. half-time.

Kansas got a dunk from KJ Adams to make it three, but two free throws from Baylor’s Matthew Mayer with 34 seconds left cut Baylor’s halftime deficit to one at 32-31.

Baylor immediately took the lead in the second half on a Kendall Brown dunk and made it to three shortly after. But Agbaji then scored seven straight points to give Kansas a four-point lead at 39-35 with 17:28 left. Agbaji had two free throws, a dunk and a 3-pointer during the mini run.

The lead increased to five for the Jayhawks at 46-41 just under two minutes later. From there, neither team led by more than four for the next six minutes, with the top two sides trading blows in front of 10,628 fans.

The Bears controlled the final three minutes, breaking the late tie and holding serve on their court.

Braun had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ loss for his second double-double of the season. McCormack notched his eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds. He’s had three double-doubles in his last four games. Baylor was led by 18 points from Flo Thamba.


The Jayhawks will play their second straight game in Texas when they travel to Fort Worth to face TCU on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN Plus.

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