Baylor tops K-State for 20-win season
WACO, Texas (AP) — Taurean Prince scored 14 points, Rico Gathers had 13 points and 10 rebounds and No. 20 Baylor secured another 20-win season under coach Scott Drew, beating Kansas State 69-42 Saturday.
Prince also had five steals and five assists for the Bears, who have seven of the school’s 10 seasons with 20 wins since Drew arrived in 2003.
With consecutive wins since a two-game skid that interrupted a hot streak, Baylor (20-7, 8-6 Big 12) is looking solid for a fifth trip to the NCAA tournament under Drew after winning for the 18th time in 20 home games.
Thomas Gipson scored 11 points to lead the Wildcats (13-15, 6-9), who set a season low for points and dropped two games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2003 season.
Lester Medford scored 12 and Al Freeman had 11 on 5-of-6 shooting for the Bears, who won despite going almost 8 minutes without a field goal to start the second half before Gathers hit a layup on a feed from Kenny Chery.
The Wildcats, who were swept on a two-game trip to Texas that started with a loss to lowly TCU, got within 39-31 with six quick points after falling behind by 14 at halftime but had just four field goals the rest of the game. Kansas State shot 39 percent.
Baylor took a comfortable first-half lead thanks to strong 3-point shooting from several players. The Bears were 7 of 14 from long range in the first half and 8 of 16 for the game, while Kansas State was just 1 of 16 from beyond the arc.
The Bears recovered from a slow start to the second half with a 15-5 run that expanded the halftime lead and ran away from there.
Prince hit layups 15 seconds apart to put the Bears up 54-36, and baskets by Royce O’Neale, who scored 10 points, and Medford pushed the margin to 21 with about 6 minutes left.