Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Fades in 69-42 Loss at Baylor

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Fades in 69-42 Loss at Baylor

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WACO, Texas -- It's become an all too familiar pattern for Kansas State: Fall behind, make a nice rally, fade away.

This time K-State faced a 14-point halftime deficit against No. 20 Baylor, came charging out of the gate the second half to pull within six points but then disappeared.

After scoring the first eight points of the second half, the Wildcats were outscored 30-9 the rest of the way in a 69-42 smackdown by the Bears on Saturday at Ferrell Center.

"It's not running out of gas -- we're just not mentally tough to push through and make plays to get us in the lead and win the game," K-State senior forward Thomas Gipson said. "That's what it boils down to: We're not tough enough.

"It's frustrating that we lost, period, but you lose by 27 points and just lay down at the end and let them do whatever they want to do to us. That's not good. That's not how K-State basketball does it."

That's the way it has been this year as the Wildcats fell to 13- 15 overall and 6-9 in the Big 12, the most losses for the program since the 2002-03 team went 13-17.

"We cut it to six and had six (defensive) shutouts to start the second half," K-State coach Bruce Weber said. "Like TCU, we used a lot of energy and we had to sub and that next group just didn't make the plays.

"It went south from there."

Baylor (20-7, 8-6) was lighting it up from long range at the start of the game, knocking down four 3-pointers in the opening eight minutes to build a 20-8 lead.

"They are a very good team and play well at home and they are explosive on offense," Weber said. "My hope was maybe they wouldn't play quite as well and shoot the ball as well, but they came out and really played at a high level."

K-State scored six straight points, finding openings in Baylor's zone defense for mid-range jumpers by Nino Williams, Gipson and Marcus Foster.

The Bears closed with a 10-5 run, holding a 39-25 halftime lead on the strength of their 7-for-14 3-point shooting. …

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