Feb. 9, 2008
half that pulled the Jayhawks (23-1, 8-1 Big 12) away from the stubborn Bears. Sherron Collins, who's been erratic the past couple of weeks, had 17 points and was also key in the second-half run that kept Baylor winless in eight trips to Allen Fieldhouse.
"Shady (Arthur) was terrific. Russell was solid," said Self "But Sherron was the spark tonight. I thought in the second half he changed the pace of the game and got us easy baskets in transition."
Despite its second-highest point total of the season, Kansas was 0-for-9 from behind the arc and failed to hit a 3-point bucket for the first time since February of 2000 -- a span of 271 games.
"That's unbelievable," Self said. "I'm sure it's happened before, but I can't imagine that. And to take 63 shots, and only take nine 3s. That's not going to happen very often."
The Jayhawks trailed by as many as seven points in the first half. When Dunn connected for a rare four-point play about 7 minutes into the second half, it was tied 50-all. But then Mario Chalmers, taking a long pass from Darnell Jackson, dropped in a short jumper and Collins followed with a three-point play to ignite the take-charge spurt that assured Kansas of its 11th victory in its last 12 meetings with Baylor.
"You can't show any fear," said Jerrells. "You can't go out there and look at the name on the jersey or that (No. 4) ranking by their name. That's why you play the game. On any given night, anybody can win. They played 40 minutes tonight and we didn't."
Baylor had 12 3-pointers, including five by Dunn and four by Jerrells.
"I think our team has been successful all year because we believe in ourselves," said Baylor coach Scott Drew. "We know what work we've put in. I think a game like this is just another game for the people throughout the nation to see that Baylor has really improved and taken their program to another level."
Arthur's bucket gave Kansas a 50-46 lead, but Dunn tied it at 50-all when he hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key as he was fouled and subsequently sank the free throw.
During the spurt that pulled them into the lead, Collins hit a bucket for a 63-56 advantage, then fed Rush for a fast-break basket. After a Baylor turnover, he drove inside for an easy basket that gave the Jayhawks their biggest lead, 67-56.
"They pushed it at us," said Robinson. "When teams push it at you that hard, you have to get back. But we pushed it right back at them and were able to get some easy buckets. We were able to get the momentum back and control the game after that."
Baylor's 85 points were the most this season by any Kansas opponent and the second half was the highest-scoring half of the season for either teams.
The Jayhawks, who have won at least 23 games 19 years in a row, did not have a single rebound the first few minutes while the Bears had seven and seized a 10-4 lead -- the biggest deficit Kansas had faced in any home game this season.
Kansas clipped the lead down to one point a few minutes later on buckets by Rush and Arthur, but then Jerrells and Dunn hit back-to-back 3-pointers to boost the lead to 20-13.
Robinson's bucket ignited a 7-0 run that tied it 20-20 before another Jerrells 3-pointer put Baylor back on top.
Mario Chalmers had nine points for Kansas and Rush, playing without a brace on his right knee for the first time since undergoing ACL surgery last June 1, had nine points and seven rebounds. He threw a scare into the crowd at one point when he slipped and fell down, apparently without re-injuring the knee.
"The brace was no factor at all tonight," said Self.