Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Bears: Jayhawks made more clutch plays

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) steals a pass with little time remaining during the second half, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) steals a pass with little time remaining during the second half, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.


— At least Baylor’s basketball team didn’t lose by 28 points as it did in Allen Fieldhouse back on Jan. 2.

That was the consolation coach Scott Drew took from Tuesday’s 66-60 loss to Kansas University — a game that could have gone either way, but ended up being BU’s seventh straight loss to the Jayhawks.

“I think we have seen a marked improvement from the first time we played them,” Drew said. “There are no moral victories, but I like how we are headed in the right direction and we need to keep building off of it.

“These games will hopefully prepare us for games later in the rest of the month, as well as March,” he added after his squad fell to 20-8 overall and 9-6 in the league.

KU improved to 24-4, 12-3.

“I was proud of how we competed and played for about 36 minutes,” Drew said. “Then I wish we could have that last four minutes over again. I don’t think we executed as well as we would like. We didn’t rebound as well as we would like down that stretch.”

KU used an 11-2 run to turn a 55-53 deficit into a 64-57 lead.

“I think (Landen) Lucas had five big rebounds and (Wayne) Selden had four,” Drew said. “Normally we do a good job blocking out with wings flying and putting a body on the bigs.

“The big thing is we got 20 offensive rebounds and they got 12, but they got 15 second-chance points and we got 14. So they were just more efficient when they were getting them. If we were the same efficiency level as they were, then say you finish with 22 points and it’s a different game,” Drew added.

Baylor did out-rebound KU, 33-28, though KU was solid on the glass down the stretch, as Drew noted.

“It’s sad to say, but they probably just wanted it more than we did,” said BU’s Taurean Prince, who had 12 points and three boards. “That is what it seemed like. Their guys were flying in and, like coach said, we were not boxing out and doing our jobs. That’s on us.”

Baylor had been 20-0 when leading in the second half.

“At the end of the game,” said sophomore Al Freeman, who had 17 points, including a corner three that gave BU a 55-53 lead at 4:11, “they were able to get some 50-50 balls and offensive rebounds that really made the difference at the end of the game. After the first 36 minutes, we were ahead of them and had the lead and winning the battle on the glass. The last four minutes was just tough and it will be a great learning experience when we go back and look at the film. If we get in this position again we will remember this and be able to put the other team away.”

The Bears did at least have the play of the game when power forward Rico Gathers accepted a full-court pass from Ishmail Wainright and hit a three from the left corner on the only three-point attempt of his career. It took just 1.9 seconds to pull that all off right before half.

“He has been working on that corner three,” Drew said, “so we are glad to show it off. It worked and I thought it gave us great momentum.”

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Bryce Landon 6 years, 5 months ago

Our blue throwbacks are lightyears ahead of the nuclear yellows Baylor was wearing. But then again, that's why we're Kansas, and they're Baylor.

Jay Scott 6 years, 5 months ago

I feel bad for the Bears players that their barn was half full for such a big game. It's not like there's anything else to do in Waco.

Timothy Rake 6 years, 5 months ago

"Then I wish we could have that last four minutes over again." Yeah, and I bet Drew baby now wishes he hadn't exhausted his last time out in a seesaw game with more than 5 minutes out. Just another example of how his coaching "skill" set pales in comparison to Bill Self.

No place was this more apparent than when Self confidently went right back to the Graham to Selden back door monster lob and slam right out of a time out, up by 1 (I believe) after the same play went south just a couple minutes previously. Drew Scott has recruited talent. He just can't coach it.

Harlan Hobbs 6 years, 5 months ago

Great analysis, Timothy. I made essentially the same argument on another article, so I really did not plagiarize you if you read it.

To sum it up, I can't imagine Bill Self ever saying that at least we made it a closer game this time.

Timothy Rake 6 years, 5 months ago

Harlan, yes, saw your post. Maybe Drew baby ought to take up professional car racing like I've seen on the trailers for that "48 coaches" thing running with ESPN. That way he can crash the car all by himself and at least not take the team down with him.

Dale Rogers 6 years, 5 months ago

Wainright's full court pass right on the money to Gathers deserves a little media attention, too. The pass and the shot were awesome. And I'm a KU fan.

Armen Kurdian 6 years, 5 months ago

Seriously only half full??? I guess I take sellouts during BB for granted. Bad on Baylor.

Harlan Hobbs 6 years, 5 months ago

Since they aren't resigning RGIII, maybe Washington should look at Wainright as a quarterback and Gathers as a tight end or wide receiver. Your analysis of that, Dale, is certainly correct. It was better than the miracle by Christian Laettner against Kentucky years ago in the NCAA.

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