It was already a day of chaos in faculty basketball when Kansas and Baylor took the ground Saturday, however the Bears determined so as to add to the havoc anyway.
No. 10 Baylor erased an early deficit to knock off No. 5 Kansas in Waco, holding the Massive 12 race alive for an additional day. The Jayhawks grew to become the fourth group within the high 5 of the AP Ballot to lose on the day, with No. 1 Gonzaga nonetheless but to play.
Kansas silenced the gang early by leaping out to an early 12-2 lead on the first media timeout. They prolonged it to 24-11 a couple of minutes later, however not lengthy after that, Baylor started to chip away on the lead. Adam Flagler made it a one-score sport with a layup with 2:35 within the half, and Matthew Mayer knocked down two free throws to make it 32-31 at halftime.
The Bears wasted no time holding it going within the second half, as Kendall Brown threw down a dunk to attain the primary factors of the interval and declare the lead. The pendulum swung forwards and backwards after that, although, as neither group might set up a lot of a lead and the lead modified palms a number of instances.
That’s, till the ultimate minutes. Christian Braun made a layup to get Kansas inside three, however Flagler answered with a jumper the subsequent time all the way down to make it a two-score sport. James Akinjo then transformed an and-one take to place Baylor up 76-68 with a hair over a minute left within the sport.
Dajuan Harris missed a rapid-fire layup the subsequent time down for the Jayhawks, and Flo Thamba pulled within the board for the Bears and was fouled. It was a free throw sport from there, as Kansas could not put collectively the miracle comeback within the ultimate seconds and Baylor got here out on high.
Thamba led Baylor with 18 factors. Flagler added 13 factors and 6 rebounds, and Akinjo scored 12 and dished out six assists. Mayer logged 9 factors and 12 rebounds as effectively.
Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji led all scorers with 27 factors. Braun had 17 factors and 10 rebounds, and David McCormack logged 10 factors and 13 boards.
The Bears now sit a half sport again of the Jayhawks for the Massive 12 lead. Kansas might have clinched no less than a share of the convention title with a win, however now may have to take action over its remaining three common season video games.