Until about 3 minutes to go in the game, I really thought Baylor had this one. The Bears looked as good as we've come to expect over the last few games on both offense and defense, then the bottom fell out in the last few minutes as shot after shot clanged off the iron or missed completely. This was the first game the Bears have lost this season in which they held a lead in the second half, making their record in such games now 20-1.
Al Freeman led Baylor in scoring with 17, which put him second in the game to Frank Mason III's 19. The timeless Perry Ellis and Taurean Prince had 15 and 12, respectively.
It's hard to get too upset about a relatively close loss to the #2 team in the country, but I won't lie and say I'm not disappointed. The Bears played so well early and through most of the second half that it was hard to see them just fall apart at the end like that. But that's what happens when you take a couple shots you shouldn't (why so many step-back jumpers?), you don't move the ball around, and you play against a team like Kansas that has been there before repeatedly.
Here's the box score courtesy of ESPN.com (just showing the starters).
|F. Mason IIIG||--||7-11||2-4||3-7||1||3||4||3||1||0||1||1||19|
|W. Selden Jr.G||--||3-7||0-3||0-0||4||2||6||3||1||0||3||2||6|