Rodriguez leads No. 10 K-State over Baylor 81-61
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A pair of double-doubles and four players scoring in double digits made for a good night at Kansas State.
Angel Rodriguez had 22 points and 10 assists and Shane Southwell added 18 points on six 3-pointers to lead the No. 10 Wildcats to an 81-61 win over Baylor on Saturday night.
Jordan Henriquez added 10 points and 10 rebounds and Rodney McGruder also scored 10 for Kansas State, which tied a season low with only six turnovers and a season high with 11 3s. Southwell finished 6 of 9 from beyond the arc.
The game remained fairly close in the first half, but the Wildcats (20-5, 9-3 Big 12) took control in the second, outscoring the Bears 43-32 after the break.
"It was obviously a good win against a very good team," Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. "We talk a lot about 40 minutes, and against them it's something that you have to play because . they have a lot of weapons."
The Wildcats neutralized the Bears by forcing 19 turnovers.
"We talked about making them accountable on defense, and we did that," Weber said. "We made them turn it over."
A.J. Walton led Baylor (16-9, 7-5) with 14 points and Isaiah Austin added 13.
Bears coach Scott Drew called a timeout less than two minutes into the second half after the Wildcats bolted out of the break with three straight baskets. Henriquez drew a foul and converted on a free throw, Rodriguez finished a fast break layup, and Henriquez scored in the paint.
Baylor's Brady Heslip turned the ball over right after the timeout, but he quickly redeemed himself with a pair of 3s. After Rico Gathers scored and Pierre Jackson hit a 3 of his own, Baylor trailed 43-41 with 12:51 remaining.
Before the Bears could creep any closer, Rodriguez drilled a 3, his third of the game from beyond the arc. After Walton scored, Southwell hit a 3 that ignited a 13-2 run by the Wildcats.
Martavious Irving sank a 3, and after another 3 from Southwell, the big men got going. Henriquez dunked and followed it up with a block on the other end, and Thomas Gipson converted in the paint the next time down.
The Bears had handled the Wildcats down low early in the game, but it was Kansas State and Henriquez who ultimately took care of business in the paint.
"I try to take advantage of the guys my size," Henriquez said. "You've just got to take advantage of the mismatches you have or the rebounding opportunities you're able to gather, too."
With 7:48 to go, the Wildcats again had a double-digit lead, 59-45, leading Drew to call another timeout.
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