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Kenny Chery misses layup at buzzer, Kansas State holds on for 63-61 win over No. 22 Bears

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MANHATTAN, Kansas — Kenny Chery has had some of his best games against Kansas State.

The final shot he will ever take at Bramlage Coliseum will be one he gladly forgets.

After pouring in 21 points in another virtuoso performance, Baylor's senior point guard missed a potential tying layup as the buzzer sounded Saturday, allowing the Wildcats to hold on for a 63-61 victory over the No. 22 Bears.

"They're a good defensive team," said Chery, who scored a career-high 29 points against the Wildcats in Bramlage Coliseum last season. "They made some good adjustments."

Chery only scored five points in the second half as the Wildcats rallied from 12 points down, taking their first lead with about 6 minutes to go. The Bears (13-4, 2-3 Big 12) were still within three at 61-58 with 45 seconds left, but Chery and Lester Medford each missed open 3-pointers.

Nigel Johnson made one of two foul shots for Kansas State, and Chery quickly raced the other way for layup with 5.4 seconds to go. And after Thomas Gipson was fouled and made his second of two free throws, Chery's runner to the left of the lane bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

"First, you have to give them credit on the defense, and second, we made some mistakes, too," Baylor coach Scott Drew. "There's some layups we missed that you have to make in Big 12 play."

Taurean Prince added 20 points off the bench for Baylor, while Nino Williams scored 18 points and Marcus Foster had 11 to help the Wildcats (10-7, 4-1) win their fourth straight.

"Everybody in the Big 12 is a good team. Nobody can really get comfortable at home," Williams said. "We were fortunate to make a couple of easy baskets."

The Bears made life miserable for the Wildcats at the start, turning them over six times in the first 5 minutes and building a 13-2 lead by the time many fans had found their seats.

Kansas State, no defensive slouch itself, finally settled into a rhythm midway through the half. Starting with a dunk by pint-sized point guard Jevon Thomas, the Wildcats rattled off a 12-0 run over more than 7 minutes, whittling a 14-point lead to 24-22 with 2:04 left.

Prince and Chery answered with consecutive 3-pointers, and then Chery knocked down one more in Thomas's face as the buzzer sounded to give Baylor a 33-24 halftime lead.

PHOTO: Kansas State's Stephen Hurt, right, dives for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas State's Stephen Hurt, right, dives for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Bears kept the defensive pressure up in the second half, double-teaming at the top of the key and forcing Kansas State's inconsistent post players to beat them.

The plan was working for a while as Baylor held tight to a 51-42 lead with 9:26 to go. But about the same time Foster went to the bench with his fourth foul, the Wildcats took off, driving the lane for fouls and going on a 17-2 charge that allowed them to take their first lead.

Despite a nip-and-tuck final few minutes, the Wildcats held on for their 11th win in their last 14 games against ranked teams at Bramlage Coliseum.

"Another Big 12 game for us. It seems like they all come down to the last 5 seconds," Drew said. "I think you have to really credit K-State for their execution in the second half. They shot 59 percent. Defensively, we weren't as active, we weren't as good."

BIG COMEBACK

The 14-point comeback was the 12th-largest in Kansas State history, and the largest since 2011. It culminated with the Wildcats' sixth straight win against a Top 25 team at home.

CHECK THE CLOCK

Baylor led for 31 minutes, 44 seconds, and the game was tied for 2:31. That means Kansas State led for less than 6 minutes total, including when it mattered the most.

TIP-INS

Baylor lost for the second time this season (13-2) when scoring at least 60 points. ... The Bears, ranked third nationally in offensive rebounds, had 17 of them.

The Wildcats have held 11 straight opponents below 65 points, their best stretch since 18 in a row in 1982-83. ... Gipson finished with nine points and six boards.

UP NEXT

Baylor dips out of league play Wednesday night to face Huston-Tillotson, an NAIA school.

Kansas State plays its second game in a stretch of five straight against Top 25 opponents on Tuesday night at Iowa State.

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