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Baylor 75, Kansas 69

(AP Photo/Jerry Larson)

By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer

WACO, Texas - LJ Cryer had 22 points with five 3-pointers and 17th-ranked Baylor stretched its Big 12-best winning streak to five games with a 75-69 win over No. 9 Kansas in a matchup of the last two national champions.

The reigning champion Jayhawks (16-4, 5-3 Big 12) coming off a 23-point home loss to TCU, lost their third straight game. It's only their fourth three-game losing streak in coach Bill Self's 20 seasons.

Adam Flagler added 17 points, while Jalen Bridges and Langston Love each had 11 for 2021 champion Baylor (15-5, 5-3), which overcome another tough shooting night. The Bears were 37.1% from the field (23 of 62) two days after a 62-60 win at Oklahoma when they shot a season-low 36.2%.

Freshman Gradey Dick had 24 points for the Jayhawks while Jalen Wilson had 23. Kevin McCullar Jr. had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season.

Love converted a three-point play for the Bears with 14:32 left to put them ahead to stay after Kansas took its only lead at 46-45 when Wilson swished a 3-pointer from the left wing. Love's field goal and free throw started a 12-3 run that he capped with a 3-pointer.

KJ Adams made two free throws with 6 seconds left in the first half to get the Jayhawks within 41-34, the closest they had been since about five minutes into the game.

After Wilson's layup got Kansas within 11-7, Baylor had a 9-0 run that was punctuated by Josh Ojianwuna's two-handed putback dunk. That was the last time in the half that the Bears had consecutive scores, though Cryer did make three 3s in an 83-second span - the first two after 3s by Dick and Wilson, and the third following two free throws by Dick.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas: The other times the Jayhawks lost three in a row under Self were in February 2005, February 2013 and January 2021. ... Dick got his second foul only 3:13 into the first half, and was limited to 11 minutes before the break.

Baylor: The Bears got off to a fast start with a steal by Bridges that led to a fast-break layup by Cryer before Flo Thamba had a three-point play. Bridges then had another steal, this one in the backcourt, though Cryer missed an open 3 that would have made it 8-0 only a minute into the game. ... The Bears are 25-8 against Top 25 teams over the past four seasons, the nation's best mark.

January 23, 2023


Kansas
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Wilson F 38 10-16 0-0 3-7 0-5 2 1 0 1 4 23
K. Adams Jr. F 28 1-5 2-2 0-0 2-3 1 1 0 1 2 4
D. Harris Jr. G 37 1-5 0-0 0-1 1-1 4 1 1 4 2 2
K. McCullar Jr. G 35 3-9 8-8 0-3 2-12 4 1 2 2 4 14
G. Dick G 31 8-13 6-6 2-5 1-4 0 0 1 0 3 24
J. Yesufu   14 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-4 0 0 1 0 2 0
B. Pettiford Jr.   6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0
M. Rice   5 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 3 2 2
E. Udeh Jr.   5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Totals   199 24-52
(.462)
16-16
(1.000)
5-19
(.263)
8-33 11 4 5 15 21 69


Baylor
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Bridges F 27 3-6 4-5 1-2 4-9 3 2 3 1 2 11
F. Thamba F 26 1-1 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 1 0 3 4
L. Cryer G 37 8-16 1-2 5-11 1-2 3 0 0 2 2 22
A. Flagler G 35 5-18 5-5 2-9 1-2 2 0 2 3 2 17
K. George G 29 2-11 4-5 0-5 2-4 3 0 0 0 4 8
L. Love   18 3-7 4-4 1-2 1-1 0 0 1 1 1 11
J. Ojianwuna   14 1-2 0-1 0-0 3-5 0 0 0 2 1 2
C. Lohner   13 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-2 0 0 2 0 1 0
Totals   199 23-62
(.371)
20-25
(.800)
9-30
(.300)
17-35 11 2 9 9 16 75
Officials: Doug Sirmons, Ray Natili, Tony Padilla




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