WACO, Texas – The No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks hit Baylor with an effective inside-outside combo and the Bears couldn’t answer in time.
Kansas guard Lagerald Vick scored 18 points, all from the perimeter, and forward Dedric Lawson added 17 points, 5 blocks and 5 steals to lead the Jayhawks to a 73-68 victory on Saturday at the Ferrell Center.
Baylor (9-6, 1-2 Big 12) made a furious charge in the last three minutes to cut the Jawhawks’ 18-point lead to 4 when guard Devonte Bandoo nailed a 3-pointer from near the top of the key.
But Bandoo’s trey with 26 seconds left was the Bears’ final basket.
Baylor missed its first 15 shots from the field allowing Kansas to surge ahead, 18-2, in the first half.
After the Bears finally made a shot from the field, they took off on an 18-4 run. Baylor pulled within a basket of Kansas when Jared Butler nailed a 3-pointer and Makai Mason hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it 22-20 with 3:52 left in the first half.
But the Jayhawks fired back. Vick made a 3-pointer two seconds before the break to give Kansas a 10-point edge at halftime. It was Vick’s third trey in four attempts to that point.
Baylor was playing without forward Tristan Clark, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
In Clark’s absence, Baylor struggled from the field as the Bears shot 33 percent. However, the Bears gave a stellar performance on the boards, out-rebounding Kansas, 49-30.
Baylor hauled in 26 offensive rebounds, but they resulted in just 14 points.
Guard Jared Butler led Baylor with 14 points, Makai Mason added 11 and Jared Butler had 10 and 9 rebounds.