Iowa State drops second straight, this time to Baylor
Brady Heslip scored 18 points, including all five of his 3-pointers after halftime, and Baylor got a much-needed boost to its NCAA tournament hopes with a 74-61 victory over No. 16 Iowa State on Tuesday night.
There were 15 lead changes and four ties before Heslip put the Bears (20-10, 8-9 Big 12) ahead with a tiebreaking 3 with 2:14 left - the start of a game-ending 13-0 run. After a turnover by Iowa State, Kenny Chery hit a long jumper and then had another.
Iowa State (22-7, 10-7), in the mix for the No. 2 seed in next week's Big 12 tournament, lost its second road game in four days.
The Cyclones didn't score after DeAndre Kane's wide-open 3 tied the game at 61 with 4:10 left. That was their 12th 3-pointer in the game, only the second after halftime.
Cory Jefferson, like Heslip a Baylor senior playing his final home game, had 21 points and seven rebounds. Chery, a junior college transfer who took over as the Bears' point guard this season, finished with 16 points. Royce O'Neale had 11 rebounds.
Kane had 20 points for Iowa State and Dustin Hogue added 12. Melvin Ejim had only six points, 13 below his Big 12-leading average.
Iowa State, which finishes the regular season at home Saturday against Oklahoma State, was held under 70 points for the first time this season.