Baylor suffered its first loss of conference play after the Bears traveled to Lawrence, Kans. to take on the No. 4 Jayhawks tonight.
Kansas held the Bears to 44 points – Baylor’s lowest scoring game this season – while running away with the 61-44 victory by the end of the night.
In the loss, the Bears were lead by freshman center Isaiah Austin who had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman forward Rico Gathers rebounded best for Baylor, ending the night with 13, and senior guard Pierre Jackson scored 10 points.
Together, Austin and Jackson scored 35 of the 44 points. In other words, they accounted for 79.5 percent of all Baylor’s scoring.
Surprisingly, breakout junior forward Cory Jefferson, who earned a starting position this year, only got 20 minutes of play time resulting in no points and only fives rebounds.
The entire game seemed to fall in favor of Kansas until the last three minutes of the game when Kansas freshman guard Ben McLemore appeared to turn his ankle, lying on the court for several minutes while a trainer examined it.
McLemore eventually got back on his feet and was helped to the locker room.
In the loss, Baylor allowed Kansas a 37.7 field goal shooting percentage while only shooting 23.2 percent themselves and missing approximately 40 percent of their free throws.
Baylor returns home to try to get back on track against Hardin-Simmons on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT. The game will be the first of a double header that features the Lady Bears playing at 7 p.m. CT.