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Wildcat comeback downs Baylor 63-61 in Manhattan

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Several double-digit leads in the second half couldn't keep the Bears from falling to 2-3 in the Big 12 this season with another road loss.

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61
BAYLOR
(13-4, 2-3)
1ST 2ND F
33 28 61
24 39 63

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Manhattan, Kan. • Attendance: 12,528

63
KANSAS STATE
(11-7, 4-1)

For the second time in less than a week, Baylor managed to squander a double-digit lead in the second half against a Big 12 foe, falling in Manhattan today 63-61 to the Kansas State Wildcats.  Unlike the previous game, however, the Bears were unable to force overtime to save the day when Kenny Chery's final shot went awry. Chery finished the game with 21 points to lead all scorers followed by Taurean Prince with 20.  The Bears' frontcourt mostly failed to contribute with Rico Gathers and Johnathan Motley combining for just 10 points and 11 rebounds, so it was basically a two-man offensive show that just couldn't get it done.

Baylor Bears
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Royce O'Neale, F 34 2-5 1-4 1-1 3 3 6 5 2 0 3 1 6
Rico Gathers, F 33 1-5 0-0 3-3 4 2 6 1 1 1 0 4 5
Johnathan Motley, F 17 2-6 0-0 1-3 1 4 5 0 0 2 4 3 5
Kenny Chery, G 32 8-14 4-6 1-1 1 2 3 3 1 0 3 1 21
Lester Medford, G 31 1-9 1-5 1-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 4 4
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Taurean Prince, F 29 7-14 2-7 4-4 2 3 5 0 4 0 3 2 20
Al Freeman, G 14 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ishmail Wainright, G 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
21-55 8-23 11-14 13 17 30 12 8 3 15 16 61
38.2% 34.8% 78.6%
Kansas St Wildcats
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Thomas Gipson, F 36 4-7 0-0 1-2 1 5 6 0 1 1 2 1 9
Nino Williams, F 25 7-11 0-0 4-4 1 6 7 0 0 0 0 4 18
Wesley Iwundu, F 32 3-5 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 6 2 0 4 2 8
Jevon Thomas, G 26 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 0 5 2 5
Marcus Foster, G 27 3-7 2-5 3-4 0 3 3 2 3 0 2 4 11
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Malek Harris, F 9 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 4
Stephen Hurt, F 10 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0
Justin Edwards, G 22 1-4 0-2 2-4 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 1 4
Nigel Johnson, G 13 1-1 1-1 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
23-46 4-11 13-18 8 18 26 17 8 1 14 15 63
50.0% 36.4% 72.2%

With this loss, Baylor is now 2-3 in their Big 12 slate with wins @TCU and vs. Iowa State and losses @KSU, @OU, and at home vs. Kansas (who lost tonight @ISU, in case you were wondering).

I'm not going to sugarcoat it-- this was a game Baylor really needed to win.  We have 13 games left in our double round-robin conference schedule, 7 home and 6 away.  We have yet to go to Kansas, Austin, or Morgantown, all places where wins this season seem relatively far-fetched.  Assuming we need a 9-9 or better conference record for inclusion in the Tournament (that's what got us in last year), we'll need to win at least 5 of those games and steal a couple on the road (@TT, @OSU?) to have a solid chance.

Baylor's next game is on January 21 against Hutson-Tillotson University at home.  They appear to be the Rams from looking just at their logo on BaylorBears.com.