MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Baylor committed 19 turnovers and never looked comfortable against Kansas State on Saturday night.
Angel Rodriguez scored 22 points and Shane Southwell added 18 on six 3-pointers to lead the No. 10 Wildcats to an 81-61 win over the Bears.
A.J. Walton scored 14 points for Baylor (16-9, 7-5 Big 12) and Isaiah Austin added 13.
The game remained fairly close in the first half, but the Wildcats (20-5, 9-3) took control in the second, outscoring the Bears 43-32 after the break.
"I thought that Kansas State showed why they're the 10th-ranked team in the nation," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "Really dominated and imposed their will."
"We've done a much better job taking care of the ball in the past couple games, and we have a veteran backcourt, and to force us into 19 turnovers, hats off to their defense," he added.
Drew called a timeout less than two minutes into the second half after the Wildcats bolted out of the break with three straight baskets. Jordan 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.
With 7:48 to go, the Wildcats again had a double-digit lead, 59-45, leading Drew to call another timeout.
It was no use — the Bears never again got so close to Kansas State. Much of that was due to the Wildcats' 11 long-range shots, tied for the most they have made in a game all season.
"When you make a comeback and a team hits a 3, that's deflating," Heslip said, "and then they get a stop, we get a turnover, and it's just like, 'What's going on?'"
Still, Baylor clawed within 59-49 on a pair of Jackson free throws and a bucket by Taurean Prince.
Omari Lawrence converted a three-point play, Henriquez scored down low, and after Isaiah Austin sank a pair of free throws, Rodriguez hit McGruder for an alley-oop.
A 3 by Austin brought the Bears within 12, but a three-point play by Rodriguez and a second-chance bucket by McGruder opened the gap to 71-54 with 4:03 to play.