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Chery's 29 Lifts MBB Over Kansas State, 76-74

Kenny Chery finished with a career-high of 29 points.

(21-10, 9-9) NR/NR
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Manhattan, Kan. • Attendance: 12,528

(20-11, 10-8) RV/RV

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Kenny Chery had 10 of Baylor's 17 consecutive made free throws down the stretch, finishing with a career-high 29 points and leading the Bears to a 76-74 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.

Cory Jefferson added 16 points for the Bears (21-10, 9-9 Big 12), who erased a 12-point second-half deficit to win for the seventh time in their last eight games. They also beat the Wildcats (20-11, 10-8) twice in the same season for the first time in school history.

Kansas State had the ball with three-tenths of a second left, but Will Spradling's full-court inbound pass was picked off by Jefferson, allowing time to run out.

Baylor's winning stretch coincides with the return of Chery to the starting lineup. He had been struggling with turf toe earlier in the season, when the Bears were slip-sliding through the conference schedule and in danger of being eliminated from NCAA tournament contention.

Now, they're riding a wave of momentum into next week's Big 12 tournament.

Marcus Foster scored 29 points while Thomas Gipson added 16 and Nino Williams 15 for the Wildcats, who had their school-record 15-game winning streak at Bramlage Coliseum come to an end.

• Baylor became the first Big 12 team to win in Manhattan this season and snapped K-State's 15-game home winning streak.
Cory Jefferson (16 points) had his 24th double-figure scoring game of the season and the 54th of his career (BU is 42-12 in those games).
• Jefferson (1,055 career points) moved into 23rd on Baylor's all-time scoring list, passing Don Heathington (1,040), Kelvin Chalmers (1,045), Winston Moore (1,046), Brady Heslip (1,052) and Jerry Mallett (1,053).
Kenny Chery had career highs with 29 points, 13 free throws made and 14 free throw attempts - he made 13 straight free throws after missing his first. Chery also tied his career high with 3 steals (5th time).
• Chery scored in double figures for the 17th time this season and 6th time in the last 7 games, a stretch where he's averaging 17.7 points per game.
Isaiah Austin finished the Big 12 season with 57 blocks, tying former Bear Ekpe Udoh (57 in 2009-10) for 2nd-most ever in a conference season by a Big 12 play, trailing only Kansas' Jeff Withey (65 in 2011-12).
Brady Heslip finished the Big 12 season with 63 3-pointers made, which ranks 2nd on the Big 12's all-time single-season list for conference play, trailing only OSU's Keiton Page (64 in 2011-12).
• Heslip (281 career 3-pointers) passed John Lucas (280) for 9th on the Big 12's career 3-pointers made list.
• Heslip (1,052 career points) moved into 24th on Baylor's all-time scoring list, passing Kelvin Chalmers (1,045) and Winston Moore (1,046).

Baylor had 11 fast break points, while Kansas State had 0.


Baylor earned the No. 7 seed in next week's Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Mo., where the Bears will open up Wednesday against No. 10 seed TCU at 8:30 p.m. CT.



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