LAWRENCE, Kan. -- After telling everyone all week how good
Baylor's guards are, Kansas coach Bill Self probably felt like
shouting, "See -- I told you so."
Self's Jayhawks (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) finally did subdue the Bears, even
without the help of a 3-point basket for the first time in almost
eight years. But Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat and LaceDarius Dunn
kept Kansas hopping from beginning to end Saturday night before the
buzzer finally sounded with Kansas on top 100-90.
"I told people -- their guards are really, really good,"
Jerrells had 30 points, the highest total of any player against
Kansas this year. Dunn was 5-for-10 from the 3-point arc and had 23
points. Dugat had 15.
"I'm not sure offensively we'll play any guards that will
actually play better than what Baylor's played tonight," Self
Darrell Arthur had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Russell Robinson had 22 and helped fuel a 17-6 spurt in the second half
that pulled the Jayhawks (23-1, 8-1 Big 12) away from the stubborn
Bears. Sherron Collins, who's been erratic the past couple of
weeks, had 17 points and was also key in the second-half run that
kept Baylor winless in eight trips to Allen Fieldhouse.
"Shady," Self said of Arthur.
"But Sherron was the spark tonight. I thought in the second half
he changed the pace of the game and got us easy baskets in
Despite its second-highest point total of the season, Kansas was
0-for-9 from behind the arc and failed to hit a 3-point bucket for
the first time since February of 2000 -- a span of 271 games.
"That's unbelievable," Self said. "I'm sure it's happened
before, but I can't imagine that. And to take 63 shots, and only
take nine 3s. That's not going to happen very often."
The Jayhawks trailed by as many as seven points in the first
half. When Dunn connected for a rare four-point play about 7
minutes into the second half, it was tied 50-all. But then Mario Chalmers, taking a long pass from Darnell Jackson, dropped in a
short jumper and Collins followed with a three-point play to ignite
the take-charge spurt that assured Kansas of its 11th victory in
its last 12 meetings with Baylor.
"You can't show any fear," Jerrells said. "You can't go out
there and look at the name on the jersey or that ranking by
their name. That's why you play the game. On any given night,
anybody can win. They played 40 minutes tonight and we didn't."
The Bears (17-5, 5-3), nationally ranked two weeks ago for the
first time in 39 years, lost for the third time in four games and
fell to 0-8 in Allen Fieldhouse, where the Jayhawks have won 21 in
a row overall.
Baylor had 12 3-pointers, including five by Dunn and four by
"I think our team has been successful all year because we
believe in ourselves," said Baylor coach Scott Drew. "We know
what work we've put in. I think a game like this is just another
game for the people throughout the nation to see that Baylor has
really improved and taken their program to another level."
Arthur's bucket gave Kansas a 50-46 lead, but Dunn tied it at
50-all when he hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key as he was
fouled and subsequently sank the free throw.
During the spurt that pulled them into the lead, Collins hit a
bucket for a 63-56 advantage, then fed Rush for a fast-break
basket. After a Baylor turnover, he drove inside for an easy basket
that gave the Jayhawks their biggest lead, 67-56.
"They pushed it at us," Robinson said. "When teams push it at
you that hard, you have to get back. But we pushed it right back at
them and were able to get some easy buckets. We were able to get
the momentum back and control the game after that."
Baylor's 85 points were the most this season by any Kansas
opponent and the second half was the highest-scoring half of the
season for either teams.
The Jayhawks, who have won at least 23 games 19 years in a row,
did not have a single rebound the first few minutes while the Bears
had seven and seized a 10-4 lead -- the biggest deficit Kansas had
faced in any home game this season.
Kansas clipped the lead down to one point a few minutes later on
buckets by Rush and Arthur, but then Jerrells and Dunn hit
back-to-back 3-pointers to boost the lead to 20-13.
Robinson's bucket ignited a 7-0 run that tied it 20-20 before
another Jerrells 3-pointer put Baylor back on top.
Chalmers had nine points for Kansas and Rush, playing
without a brace on his right knee for the first time since
undergoing ACL surgery last June 1, had nine points and seven
rebounds. He threw a scare into the crowd at one point when he
slipped and fell down, apparently without re-injuring the knee.
"The brace was no factor at all tonight," Self said.