Kansas beats Baylor, takes over first place in Big 12
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – Julian Wright scored 20 points on 10-of-11
shooting and 16th-ranked Kansas recorded its 10th straight victory with a
76-61 decision over Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse.
Darnell Jackson and Brandon Rush each contributed 11 points for the resurgent
Jayhawks (20-6, 11-2 Big 12), who moved into sole possession of first place in
the Big 12 standings.
Kansas owns a half-game edge over Texas in the conference race, with the two
schools set to square off in Lawrence this Saturday.
Curtis Jerrells netted 17 points in the loss, Baylor’s (2-11, 2-11) 22nd
straight against a ranked opponent. Tommy Swanson and Aaron Bruce each had 13
for the Bears.
The undermanned Bears actually held an early 6-2 lead, but Russell Robinson
and Mario Chalmers hit back-to-back three-pointers to start a 14-1 Kansas run.
Another triple by Robinson followed by one from Rush ended the spurt and put
the Jayhawks up by nine less than six minutes into the contest.
Baskets by Swanson and Jerrells closed the gap to four points before Kansas
broke open the game with a 14-2 burst. Rush scored the final five points of
the run and staked the Jayhawks to a cushy 31-13 advantage after knocking down
a three-pointer with 5:42 remaining before intermission.
Baylor failed to make a field goal for over eight minutes at one point, but
began to show some life late in the half. The Bears reeled off 10 straight
points and drew within 31-23 following Swanson’s layup and free throw with
2:49 to go.
The Bears trailed 33-25 at the half, but didn’t get any closer the rest of the
way. Kansas’ C.J. Giles scored the final six points of an 11-2 run that
extended the Jayhawks’ lead to 51-32 with 11:16 to go.
The margin grew to 23 points after Jackson’s follow with 6:45 left made the
Baylor finished 11-of-21 from three-point range. The Bears’ final seven field
goals came from beyond the arc…Kansas registered its 17th consecutive 20-win
season…Baylor’s last win over a top 25 foe came on February 15, 2003, a
74-72 triumph over No. 13 Oklahoma State…The Bears have lost 30 of their
last 33 road games…Baylor is winless in seven lifetime visits to Allen
Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks own a 11-1 advantage in the all-time series.