WACO, Texas (AP)- Naadir Tharpe scored 22 points, nine in a go-ahead run for No. 8 Kansas before halftime, and the Big 12-leading Jayhawks rebounded from their first league loss with a 69-52 victory at Baylor on Tuesday night.
Andrew Wiggins overcame a slow start to score 14 points, while Perry Ellis had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Kansas.
Wiggins, the Big 12's top scoring freshman, finished 4-of-13 shooting and didn't make his first basket until a half-court shot to beat the buzzer going into halftime. That capped a 14-3 run over the final 5 minutes for a 35-27 lead.
Early on, there were three ties and nine lead changes. Tharpe's short jumper with 3½ minutes left in the half broke a 25-all tie and put the Jayhawks (17-5, 8-1 Big 12) ahead to stay.
Cory Jefferson had 14 points to lead Baylor (14-8, 2-7), which lost its fourth consecutive game at the Ferrell Center.
Cory Jefferson scored 14 points to notch his 17th double-figure game of the season and the 47th of his career. BU is 36-11 in those games.
Brady Heslip (4-of-10 3FGs) has hit at least one 3-pointer in 83 of 96 career games, including 65 games with 2+ 3-pointers, 46 games with 3+ 3-pointers and 28 games with 4+ 3-pointers.
Heslip (12 points) scored in double figures for the 14th time this season and 48th in his career - BU is 36-12 in those games.
Gary Franklin had a career-high 8 assists. He had 6 three other times in his career.
STAT OF THE GAME
Kansas out-rebounded Baylor, 45-31.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Baylor heads to Norman, Okla., to take on Oklahoma Saturday (Feb. 8) at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2.