WACO, Texas- Makai Mason scored 25 points to help Baylor (9-5, 1-1 Big 12) hold off No. 20 Iowa State (12-3, 2-1 Big 12), 73-70 Tuesday night at the Ferrell Center.
Baylor made 17-of-20 free throws, including seven-of-eight in the final minute, to hand the Cyclones their first loss in league play.
Iowa State ended the game making half of its shots (28-56), but a 33-26 deficit on the boards, including giving up 10 offensive caroms, hurt the Cyclones’ chances.
How It Happened
Iowa State led by as many as seven points in the first half, holding a 23-16 advantage with 5:32 remaining the opening period after a Shayok lay-in.
The rest of the first half couldn’t have gone any worse for the Cyclones, however, as Baylor scored on its last 10 possessions and made nine consecutive shots to go into the break with a 38-30 lead.
To make matters worse Cameron Lard left the game with a right ankle injury moments before Baylor’s 24-9 run to close the half. He did not return.
The Cyclones opened the second half on a 10-2 run to knot the score at 40-all. Shayok chipped in with six points in ISU’s fast start after intermission.
Nick Weiler-Babb got the Cyclones in front with a bucket at 52-51, but the Bears hit back-to-back 3-pointers in an 8-0 run to re-gain control at 59-52 with under seven minutes left in the contest.
The Cyclones bounced right back, taking the lead at 66-64 behind a 12-3 run and eight points from Talen Horton-Tucker, who buried a pair of treys.
Mason tied the game at 66-66 with a jumper and then hit one of two free throws with 0:36 seconds left, but the Bears rebounded the miss for another possession and the lead (67-66). Mason was fouled again, but this time made both free throws to give the Bears a 69-66 advantage with 0:32 seconds left.
BU made its last four shots from the charity stripe to ice the game.
Players of Note
Marial Shayok led the Cyclones in scoring for the 11th time this season with 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field. Shayok was 1-of-2 from 3-point range, connecting from downtown in his seventh-straight game and 14th time in 15 games.
Talen Horton-Tucker helped the Cyclones rally from a seven-point second half deficit with eight points in a 12-3 run late in the second period. Horton-Tucker scored all of his points, which included a pair of long shots from 3-point range, in the final six minutes of the game.
Iowa State plays host to Kansas State on Saturday. Tipoff is at 11 a.m.