Arlington, Texas Attendance: 12,818
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Kenny Chery scored 18 points, including six in the go-ahead run, and No. 20 Baylor defeated No. 3 Kentucky 67-62 on Friday night in the same building where the NCAA Final Four will be played in April.
The young Wildcats (7-2) had a 50-41 lead when Julius Randle, one of three Kentucky freshmen playing in their home state, had a slam dunk with 13 minutes left.
Baylor (8-1) responded with a 15-5 run in which Chery, the junior college transfer who is now the Bears' point guard, came up big. His two free throws with 6 minutes left put the Bears up 56-55 and they never trailed again.
Randle had 16 points for Kentucky while Aaron Harrison had 15 and James Young 14 with four 3-pointers.
Cameron Barnes had 15 points to lead Hardin-Simmons (0-4). John Barnes had 12.
Baylor out-rebounded Kentucky 41-25. BU is 8-1 this season and 134-38 under Drew when the Bears lead that category.
Baylor's .473 shooting percentage bested Kentucky's .420 mark; the Bears are 8-1 this season when out-shooting the opponent, and 169-19 all-time under Drew.
Baylor outscored Kentucky's Bench 14-2; the Bears are 7-1 this season when that occurs, and 107-57 under Drew.
The Bears won the offensive rebounding battle, 18-10 that led to 14 2nd-chance points compared to the Wildcats' 6; Baylor is 6-1 this season and 103-59 under Drew when BU scores more 2nd-chance points than the opponent.
Kenny Chery scored 18 points reaching double figures for the 6th time in his first 9 games with the program. It marked the third time this season that Chery has led the Bears in scoring, and Baylor is 3-0 in those games.
Cory Jefferson (13 points) had his 38th career double-figure scoring game (8th of season and 7th straight), and Baylor is 30-8 all-time when he scores in double figures.
Rico Gathers grabbed 13 rebounds, which marks the 2nd time this season he's reached double digits in that category and the 9th time of his career. He was one shy of his career high.
Gathers tied a career and season high with three steals.
Isaiah Austin (13 points) had his 6th double-figure scoring game of the season, 4th-straight, and the 33rd of his 44-game career.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor outscored Kentucky in the paint 38-26; Baylor is 6-0 this season, and 132-47 under Drew when BU leads that category.
TWEET OF THE GAME
So much talk in the Big 12 has been about Kansas, Oklahoma State, + even Iowa State, but Baylor took a seat at the table tonight. Huge win.-- Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 7, 2013
Baylor returns home to host Northwestern State Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Ferrell Center.