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Kansas State 63, Baylor 61



MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State outscored Baylor, 26-10, in the final 11:27 of the game to defeat the No. 22 Bears, 63-61, on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.

Guard Marcus Foster, K-State’s leading scorer, was saddled with four fouls and did not score during the Wildcats’ run.

K-State had a 61-58 lead with 16 seconds left with the shot clock running down. Foster’s 3-point shot caromed high off the rim, but guard Nigel Johnson grabbed the rebound and was fouled.

Johnson hit one of two, giving the Wildcats a four-point lead.

Baylor guard Kenny Chery scored a lay-up with 5.4 seconds left and was fouled. His free throw cut the lead to one.

Forward Thomas Gipson was fouled on the inbounds play, and he hit 1-of-2 free throws. Chery’s layup at the buzzer that would have tied the score rolled off the rim.

Baylor led throughout most of the game, including by as many as 12 in the second half. But the Bears could not hold off K-State’s charge.

Kansas State had opportunities to trim the lead earlier in the second half, but Baylor responded each time. The Wildcats got the deficit to six points on several occasions but had trouble getting closer.

The Wildcats’ chances were hindered by Foster’s second-half foul trouble.

Foster who had 10 points and only one foul in the first half, picked up two fouls in the first 2:37 of the second half. He sat for a little less than five minutes, then picked up his fourth foul a little more than a minute later at the 11:27 mark.

Forward Rico Gathers’ free throw gave Baylor a 49-37 lead.

But Foster’s teammates rallied around him, outscoring the Bears, 15-2, to take the lead for the first time at 52-51 at the 6:24 mark. By the time the run was over, it was a 17-2 burst over 6:25, all with Foster leading cheers from the bench.

The Wildcats, who have struggled offensively most of the season, went 6:33 between points early in the game and Baylor used an 11-0 run to take a 13-2 lead with 12:56 left.

Things only got worse for the Wildcats after they scored four quick points. Only two free throws by guard Marcus Foster prevented another 9-0 run by the Bears.

The Wildcats finally reached double digits at the 9:32 mark of the first half on a bucket inside by Gipson, but they were down by 14 by then.

K-State answered the Bears with a 12-0 run to cut the lead to two. The run was started by a steal and dunk by 6-foot point guard Jevon Thomas.

Baylor hit three 3-point shots in the final 1:33 and took a 33-24 lead into halftime. Chery, who hit all four of his 3-point attempts, led the Bears with 16 points in the first half.

NOTES: Kansas State entered the game with 10 wins in its last 13 home games against ranked opponents, including five in a row. … The Wildcats had held 10 consecutive opponents to 65 points or fewer. … Baylor entered the game ranked 19th nationally and third in the Big 12 in scoring defense at 57.3 points per game. The Bears were the only team in Division I to hold all its non-conference opponents to 66 points or fewer.

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