January 17, 2007

Second half surge buries Baylor

Wednesday night's Kansas State-Baylor contest wasn't a tale of two halves, but instead a story of two completely different second halves. The Wildcats missed their first 15 shots from the field after the break and scored just one point over the first nine-plus minutes of the second half but finished the period on a tear, outscoring the Bears 29-9 over the final 10:15 to defeat Baylor 69-60 at Bramlage Coliseum.

K-State's drought to start the second half put the Wildcats (12-6, 2-2) in a 51-40 hole, forcing Bob Huggins' team to make its biggest comeback since overcoming an 11-point deficit against William & Mary in the season opener.

"I was really happy for those guys, because they needed that win," Huggins said. "They needed to understand that if you keep doing the right things, you have a chance."

The uneven second half was surprising considering the Wildcats and Bears (11-6, 1-3) played to a dead heat in the opening 20 minutes, as they were tied at 39 and shot 55.2 and 54.2 percent from the field respectively heading to the locker room.

The Bears shot just 21.6 percent from the field in the second half and went especially cold down the stretch as K-State turned up its defensive pressure.

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