WACO, Texas (AP) Davion Mitchell and No. 2 Baylor once more overwhelmed Kansas State in one other lopsided sport.
Mitchell made seven 3-pointers whereas scoring 31 factors, besting his profession excessive of 20 set final month towards the Wildcats, and undefeated Baylor matched its second-best begin in workforce historical past with a 107-59 victory Wednesday night time.
“Davion’s labored so onerous since he acquired right here … on being a extra constant shooter,” Scott Drew mentioned, then mentioning his psychological confidence. “Final yr he put in work, but when he missed one or two, it will have an effect on him. Now he’s gotten to the purpose mentally he has sufficient confidence in himself. If he misses a few photographs, he has that shooter’s confidence now to the place the subsequent one’s entering into.”
The previous switch from Auburn missed his first two photographs, however went on to complete 12-of-16 capturing, together with 7-of-9 past the arc. He had a span of simply over three minutes after halftime when he hit 4 3s whereas making 5 consecutive photographs for Baylor (15-0, 8-Zero Massive 12).
Subsequent for Baylor is the Massive 12/SEC Problem at residence Saturday towards Auburn, the place there are nonetheless coaches and gamers Mitchell stays in contact with, and off a efficiency that certainly acquired their consideration.
“I attempt,” Mitchell mentioned with amusing.
After on Dec. 19 changing into the primary opponent since 1992 to attain 100 factors at Kansas State in a 31-point victory, the Bears jumped out to a 31-point lead within the first 11 half of minutes within the rematch. MaCio Teague already had 11 of his 18 factors with three 3-pointers, and Wildcats coach Bruce Weber had already used two of his timeouts by then.
“There’s not a lot I can say,” Weber mentioned. “They kicked our butts once more. … They’re a workforce that’s going to be play late into March and into April, I might count on.”
Nijel Pack had 11 factors to guide Kansas State (5-12, 1-8), which has misplaced its final eight video games.
Mitchell’s 5 assists included a cross to Matthew Mayer for a layup that made it 36-5. Solely seconds after that, Mitchell had a steal that led to a brief jumper by Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua to cap Baylor’s second run of 18 consecutive factors already within the sport. The Bears had one other 18-Zero run within the second half.
Jared Butler added 13 factors, seven rebounds and 5 assists whereas Mayer had 10 factors for Baylor, which hadn’t scored 100 factors twice towards an opponent in the identical season since 1978-79 towards TCU. It was the Bears’ second-largest margin of victory ever in a Massive 12 sport.
Baylor would have had a 31-point halftime lead if not for Antonio Gordon’s 3-pointer to finish the primary half, a shot from greater than half court docket that he banked in after selecting up a unfastened ball that Butler misplaced. That acquired the Wildcats inside 54-26, then they opened the second half with a 6-2 run. However they by no means acquired nearer. Baylor then had its third 18-Zero run within the sport, with Mitchell hitting two 3s in that spurt.
BAD BEFORE IT STARTED
It had already been a tricky day for Okay-State, even earlier than tipoff. Their power coach was absent, as an alternative present process surgical procedure at residence to restore a torn Achilles tendon sustained Tuesday. Weber and a few coaches needed to walked to the sport from the resort, whereas gamers shuttled in a van, after the workforce bus wouldn’t begin.
Kansas State: The Wildcats, who nonetheless lead the general sequence 23-22, have trailed by not less than 16 factors in every of their final 4 conferences with Baylor. They haven’t taken a lead in any of these video games.
Baylor: The Bears maintain rolling with their 15-Zero begin matching 2016-17 for his or her most consecutive wins to start out a season. The varsity report is 17 in row to start out the 2011-12 season. Their eight-game Massive 12 successful streak can also be the second longest – behind 13 two seasons in the past.
Kansas State hosts Texas A&M on Saturday within the Massive 12/SEC Problem.
Baylor is residence for its Massive 12/SEC Problem sport Saturday towards Mitchell’s former workforce.
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