Kansas City Star
• Key play: Baylor’s Cory Jefferson knocked down his first three-pointer of the game — and career — as the Bears took an early 22-13 lead.
• Key stat: Jefferson made eight of 10 shots in the first half.
• Key play: After KU cut the lead to 61-55 with an 11-0 run, Baylor freshman Isaiah Austin hit a short hook that spurred a 6-0 run, sealing the game.
• Key stat: KU starters Jeff Withey, Travis Releford and Kevin Young combined for just 10 points.
When Kansas senior Kevin Young picked up two early fouls, freshman Perry Ellis was thrust into some early minutes. He responded by finishing with 12 points on five-of-seven shooting, keying KU’s late run in the second half.
“I thought he was the best player for us today,” KU coach Bill Self said. “If anybody had a big game, it would be Perry. He was aggressive; he attacked them. And the guys that he was scoring on or over or around were legitimate shot-blockers who were much bigger.”
Ellis’ production slightly offset quiet nights from Travis Releford (two points) and Young (zero points). Withey, who finished with eight points, was limited to just three field goals and shot just four free throws.
“We had a chance to get back in it multiple times and didn’t take advantage,” Self said, “and they made some plays. They were terrific, and we weren’t any good. And they had a lot to do with us not being very good.”
• Baylor shot a blistering 57.7 percent from the field, the highest by a KU opponent all season. Most of the damage came from Baylor’s combo of Cory Jefferson and Pierre Jackson, and Self said it was a combination of bad defense and good offense.
“It wasn’t very good,” Self said of KU’s defense. “But the Cory points didn’t bother me as much. He made some hard jump hooks that were over a pretty good defender. The Pierre points, to me, weren’t very good.”
• KU freshman Ben McLemore finished with 23 points, surpassing Danny Manning’s season record for points by a KU freshman. Manning scored 496 points in 1984-85. McLemore, who entered with 494 points, now has 517 points this season.
• KU improved on its nation-leading number of conference championships, recording its 56th league title in 106 seasons of conference play.
• Self recorded his 13th league title in his last 16 years of coaching, beginning with his first season at Tulsa in 1997-98.
| Rustin Dodd, firstname.lastname@example.org