Baylor Holds Off K-State, 74-68


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The trio of MaCio Teague, Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler combined for 65 points, and top-seeded Baylor held on for a 74-68 win over K-State on Thursday afternoon in the Big 12 Tournament.

Baylor (22-1) held a slim 36-34 lead at the break. The Cats scored 20 points in the paint, led by 15 first half points by Davion Bradford. The Bears shot 55 percent from the field, but K-State (9-20) forced 13 Baylor turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.

K-State grabbed the lead briefly on three separate occasions early in the second half. Baylor responded to take a 51-44 lead with 13 minutes remaining. MaCio Teague and Davion Mitchell did most of the damage for the Bears. Baylor led by as many as 12, but K-State didn’t go away.

The Cats pulled within four on two separate occasions in the closing minute, but Baylor closed it out at the free throw line.

Teague scored a game-high 24 points for the Bears. Mitchell (23) and Butler (18) also reached double figures. Baylor knocked down nine shots from behind the arc and went 13-of-14 at the foul line in the win.

Bradford and Nijel Pack each scored 18 to lead the way for K-State. Pack was 6-for-9 from behind the arc. DaJuan Gordon also reached double figures with 15 points, while Mike McGuirl dished out a game-high seven assists.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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