February 4, 2023

WACO, Texas (AP) — LJ Cryer had 22 points with five 3-pointers and 17th-ranked Baylor extended his Big 12-best winning streak to five games with a 75-69 win over No. 9 Kansas Monday night in one Matchup of the last two national champions.

Reigning champions Jayhawks (16-4, 5-3 Big 12) lost their third straight game after a 23-point home loss to TCU. It’s only the fourth loss streak in three games in coach Bill Self’s 20 seasons.

Adam Flagler added 17 points while Jalen Bridges and Langston Love had 11 each for 2021 champions Baylor (15-5, 5-3) who weathered another tough night of shooting. The Bears were 37.1% out (23 of 62) two days after a 62-60 win in Oklahoma when they posted a season-low 36.2%.

Freshman Gradey Dick had 24 points for the Jayhawks while Jalen Wilson had 23. Kevin McCullar Jr. had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season.

Love converted a three-pointer game for the Bears with 14:32 left to give them the lead to stay after Kansas took their only lead 46-45 when Wilson hit a 3-pointer from the left wing waved. Love’s field goal and free throw started a 12-3 run that he capped with a 3-pointer.

KJ Adams made two free throws with 6 seconds remaining in the first half to put the Jayhawks within 41-34, as close as they could have been for about five minutes into the game.

After Wilson’s layup put Kansas within 11-7, Baylor had a 9-0 run that was cut short by Josh Ojianwuna’s two-handed putback dunk. That was the last time the Bears scored consecutive points at halftime, though Cryer hit three 3s within 83 seconds — the first two after 3s by Dick and Wilson and the third after two free throws by Dick.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas: The other times the Jayhawks lost three straight runs under Self were in February 2005, February 2013 and January 2021. … Dick got his second foul just 3:13 into the first half and was limited to 11 minutes before breaking .

Baylor: The Bears got off to a quick start with a steal from Bridges that led to a fast break layup from Cryer before Flo Thamba played a three-pointer. Bridges then had another steal, this time in backcourt, although Cryer missed an open 3 that would have put it 8-0 just a minute into the game. … The Bears are 25-8 against top 25 teams over the last four seasons, the nation’s best mark.

NEXT

Kansas plays Kentucky in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge at the Rupp Arena on Saturday.

Baylor is home for his SEC/Big 12 Challenge game against Arkansas on Saturday. This is a replay of the 2021 Elite Eight game, which the Bears won 81-72 en route to winning their national championship.

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AP College Basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-basketball-poll

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