Jan. 24, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Jacob Pullen and Will Spradling had 17 points apiece and slow-starting Kansas State held on Monday night for a ragged, foul-plagued 69-61 victory over Baylor.
The Wildcats (14-7, 2-4), who had lost four of five and tumbled into last place in a Big 12 race they'd been favored to win, used an 11-1 run early in the second half to regain control after the Bears (13-6, 3-3) erased a 25-18 halftime deficit with a quick flurry of 3-pointers.
Quincy Acy led Baylor with 14 points. LaceDarius Dunn fouled out with 9 seconds left after scoring 13 points, seven below his league-leading average.
Curtis Kelly's dunk gave Kansas State a 60-50 lead, but the Bears cut it to 60-55 on a three-point play by Perry Jones. It was 63-58 with 28.8 seconds left when Kansas State's Juevol Myles hit two free throws -- his only points of the game.
It was a scruffy first half by teams that were nationally ranked when the season began. They combined on 15-for-52 shooting and 19 fouls and 20 turnovers -- 10 apiece.
A.J. Walton drilled two of the Bears' four 3-pointers early in the second half, but also picked up two quick fouls and went to the bench with his fourth at the 16:12 mark.
Dunn also connected from beyond the arc and then a fourth 3 from Stargell Love gave the Bears a 30-29 lead.
Rodney McGruder answered with a 3-pointer over the Baylor zone defense and ignited an 11-1 spree capped by a 3-pointer by Pullen that shot the Wildcats into a 40-31 lead with 12:50 to go.
Jamar Samuels scored for Kansas State, then McGruder connected again from beyond the arc. After J'mison Morgan's turnover, Pullen's 3-pointer put the Wildcats on top by nine.
Jones soared to the bucket for one of the more impressive dunks Bramlage Coliseum has seen this year, but Spradling answered with another 3-pointer for Kansas State's fourth 3 in its last five field goals and a 43-33 lead.
The Wildcats, who have struggled from the foul line most of the season, were 25 for 31.
Walton was whistled for his fifth foul on Spradling's 3-point attempt with 9:50 left and left having scored six points. Spradling made all three foul shots for a 46-35 lead.
Kelly, who seems to be rounding into shape after sitting out a six-game suspension, had 13 points and seven rebounds, while McGruder had seven rebounds to go with 12 points.
Love had 11 points for the Bears.
In the ragged first half, Dunn missed his first three shots and did not score until he hit a 3-pointer from the wing at the 11:42 mark. He had 33 points in his previous appearance at Kansas State in 2009.