No. 1 Baylor beats Kansas State 73-65 for 19th straight win

NCAA Basketball

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP)Jared Butler scored 20 points and No. 1 Baylor extended its school-record winning streak to 19 games, beating Kansas State 73-65 on Monday night.

MaCio Teague added 15 points and Davion Mitchell scored 13 for the Bears (20-1, 9-0 Big 12), who are off to the best start in league play by any Big 12 team since 2011.

Xavier Sneed tied a career high with 23 points, Cartier Diarra scored 11 and Makol Mawien had 10 for the Wildcats (9-13, 2-7), who lost to Baylor for the first time since 2017.

Baylor went 24 of 48 from the floor, including 9 of 22 from 3-point range, while the Wildcats were 22 of 48 from the field and 8 of 21 from deep.

The Bears’ struggles from the free-throw line helped Kansas State get closer, even though the Wildcats were never a threat to win. Baylor was 16 of 29 on free throws while Kansas State was 15 of 19.

Kansas State gave the ball up 16 times, including four in the first three minutes as Baylor jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never trailed.

The Bears led 44-39 in the second half and a 12-2 run, started by a 3-pointer by Butler, pushed the lead to 16.

BIG PICTURE

Baylor made every big shot to stop any momentum by the Wildcats. When the Bears step on the court Saturday against Oklahoma State, it’ll be exactly three months since their lone loss to Washington.

UP NEXT

Kansas State: At Iowa State on Saturday.

Baylor: Hosts Oklahoma State on Saturday.

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