Baylor rallies to beat Kansas State 87-73 in 2 OTs

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 15, 2014 at 10:24 pm •  Published: February 15, 2014
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WACO, Texas (AP) — With Baylor needing a 3-pointer to tie and the clock about to expire, Isaiah Austin didn't have time to consider that Brady Heslip had missed all six of his shots from beyond the arc.

Not that Austin would have cared. Hot or not, Heslip is the long-range guy for the Bears.

Heslip hit a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation, Kenny Chery used the extra time to finish off a triple-double and Baylor rallied to beat Kansas State 87-73 in two overtimes Saturday night, snapping a four-game home losing streak.

"We don't care if he's 0 for 6 or 0 for 9," Austin, who had 18 points and a career-high nine blocks, said of the Big 12's leading 3-point shooter. "We tell him to shoot the ball. That's what he does. And he made that one."

The Bears (16-9, 4-8 Big 12) trailed by 10 with 9 minutes left before rallying to end their longest home skid in nine years.

Baylor's Taurean Prince banked in a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the second overtime, and had a three-point play on a dunk to put Baylor up by 11 with a minute remaining. Prince had seven of his 12 points in the second extra period.

Nino Williams had a career-high 20 points for the Wildcats (17-8, 7-5), who led by 10 points in both halves but ended up losing their fifth straight on the road after consecutive wins over ranked opponents, including an upset of No. 7 Kansas, also in overtime.

"We've been in position to win the last four road games," Williams said. "I think last year around this time we were winning these games and I think this year we're losing these games."

Chery had the sixth triple-double in school history — and first in a conference game — with 20 points and career highs of 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Baylor's last triple-double was by Ekpe Udoh on Jan. 6, 2010.

"My teammates have been pushing me really hard in practice and that kept me in shape," said Chery, who played a season-high 44 minutes after being limited in recent games by turf toe. "I was probably a little tired at the end of that last overtime. But my teammates kept me on my feet."