Strong Second Half Lifts Baylor Over K-State, 75-60


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Baylor used balanced scoring and a strong second half to pull away for a 75-60 win over K-State on Wednesday night. Baylor improved to 20-4 (8-3 Big 12). K-State had its two-game win streak snapped to fall to 12-11 (4-7 Big 12).

The game was tied at 34 at the half. Baylor’s defense forced 15 turnovers on the night, including nine in the second half, and K-State went just 9-for-27 from the field in the final 20 minutes.

Nijel Pack and Mark Smith combined for 48 of K-State’s points. Pack finished with a game-high 31 on 10-for-19 shooting from the field. Smith had 17 points and eight boards. No one else scored more than four for K-State.

Baylor was led by Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua’s career-high 21 points. He was 9-for-10 from the field and added six rebounds. James Akinjo added 15 points and eight assists, and Adam Flagler had 10 points. Six players had eight or more points on the night for the Bears, who held a 38-8 advantage in bench points and a 40-24 advantage in points in the paint.

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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