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No. 24 Baylor falls to No. 8 Kansas, 78-68

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 20, 2014 at 11:25 pm •  Published: January 20, 2014

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Not much has gone right for No. 24 Baylor since Big 12 play began, and the Bears sure didn't solve many of their problems Monday night.

After watching No. 8 Kansas go on a big second-half run to seize control, the Bears wound up falling 78-68 for their third straight loss. And a team that started the season 12-1 and was ranked in the top 10 is barely out of the basement in the Big 12.

"Three games in a row, none of us are used to it," said Brady Heslip, who led the Bears with 19 points. "It hurts."

Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points for Kansas, most of them coming at the free throw line, and the Jayhawks (14-4, 5-0 Big 12) were 26 of 29 from there as a team. It helped them to put away Baylor for their fifth straight win — the last four over Top 25 opponents.

They are the first team to accomplish that feat since North Carolina in 1997.

Perry Ellis added 18 points and Joel Embiid had 12 for Kansas, which led 37-35 at halftime but used a 14-2 surge fueled by defense and hustle in the second half to draw away.

"I thought even though our defense wasn't great tonight," Jayhawks coach Bill Self said, "it was nice to have energy keying our run there, because we had so many opportunities."

Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin added 16 points apiece for the Bears (13-5, 1-4), who were 13 of 27 from beyond the 3-point arc but just 9 of 20 from the free throw line.

"You can't let them get separation," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "It's hard to come back from double digits on this court."

The teams combined for 16 turnovers in a disjointed first half that included 12 lead changes but virtually no rhythm. The Jayhawks managed to squeeze out the two-point halftime lead, but they had to shoot 60 percent from the field to do it.

That's because Baylor was scorching from the perimeter.

Heslip hit all four of his 3-point tries in the half, and the 7-foot Austin added two — he was 0 for 4 inside the arc. Along with the two 3-pointers that Jefferson hit, the Bears knocked down 8 of 10 beyond the perimeter in the first half. They were 4 of 18 everywhere else.

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