K-State trailed Baylor by double digits left in the game, but was able to overcome the deficit thanks to 18 points from Nino Williams. They defeated #22 Baylor, 63-61 for their 4th straight win. The Cats are now 11-7 (4-1).
Play of the 1st Half: Baylor senior Kenny Chery made a three pointer with :04 left in the half. It was his second in the final minute of the 1st half (and 4th of the game).
Halftime Thoughts: K-State struggled mightily against the Baylor zone in the first half, often unable to advance the ball past the free throw line extended. The Cats only had one field goal in the game’s first seven minutes.
Player of the Game: Nino Williams continues his strong senior campaign with 18 and 7. William’s penchant for shooting mid range jumpers and finishing at the rim has made him particularly effective against Baylor’s zone defense throughout his career. He has averaged >17 points in his last 3 games against the Bears.
Game-Defining Event: Starting with 8:40 to play, K-State went on a 13-0 run to take the lead for the first time in the ball game. The run was lead by Williams, who had 6 of the 13.
Up Next: K-State is on a roll (maybe back in the tournament picture?). They’ll have another opportunity for a statement win when they travel to Aimes to take on #9 Iowa State on Wednesday at 6:00. The next KSDB broadcast can be heard on Saturday as the Cats take on Oklahoma State at home. Pregame coverage will start at 11:40am.
By: Jordan Swoyer