Kansas State can’t slow No. 1 Baylor’s roll in 73-67 loss
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Baylor wasn’t dominant — just good enough to lead Kansas State throughout and maintain its roll.
Jared Butler scored 20 points and the No. 1 Bears extended their school-record winning streak to 19 games, beating Kansas State 73-67 on Monday night.
MaCio Teague added 15 points and Davion Mitchell scored 13 for the Bears (20-1, 9-0 Big 12), who are off to the best start in league play by any Big 12 team since 2011.
“We have a bunch of glue guys,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “We have blue collared, hard-working guys that live in the gym, and most of them have just gotten better and better.”
Xavier Sneed tied a career high with 23 points, Cartier Diarra scored 11 and Makol Mawien had 10 for the Wildcats (9-13, 2-7), who lost to Baylor for the first time since 2017.
Baylor went 24 of 48 from the floor, including 9 of 22 from 3-point range, while the Wildcats were 22 of 48 from the field and 8 of 21 from deep.
The Bears’ struggles from the free-throw line helped Kansas State get closer, even though the Wildcats were never a threat to win. Baylor was 16 of 29 on free throws while Kansas State was 15 of 19.
Kansas State gave the ball up 16 times, including four in the first three minutes as Baylor jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never trailed.
“It’s tough to spot them that many points and work your way back,” Wildcats coach Bruce Weber said. “I just challenged them in the timeout and they responded well.”
Baylor is 5-0 on the road in conference play and holding opponents to an average of 59 points in those contests.
“We lock in defensively and we really focus on our scout before the game,” said Teague, who shot 4 of 9 and grabbed four rebounds. “We help each other out when someone gets beat.”
After starting Big 12 play slow, Teague has scored in double figures the past four games and has just one turnover in that span.
The Bears led 44-39 in the second half and a 12-2 run, started by a 3-pointer by Butler, pushed the lead to 16.
Baylor made every big shot to stop any momentum by the Wildcats. When the Bears step on the court Saturday against Oklahoma State, it’ll be exactly three months since their lone loss to Washington.
Kansas State started out slow, creating a deficit it couldn’t overcome. “It’s a loose ball here or a long rebound, a turnover and boom, they get it all right back,” Weber said. “They made big buckets and we were scrambling.”
Kansas State: At Iowa State on Saturday.
Baylor: Hosts Oklahoma State on Saturday.