The Associated Press
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Not much has gone right for No. 24 Baylor since Big 12 play began, and the Bears sure didn’t solve many of their problems Monday night.
After watching No. 8 Kansas go on a big second-half run to seize control, the Bears wound up falling 78-68 for their third straight loss. And a team that started the season 12-1 and was ranked in the top 10 is barely out of the basement in the Big 12.
"Three games in a row, none of us are used to it," said Brady Heslip, who led the Bears with 19 points. "It hurts."
Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points for Kansas, most of them coming at the free throw line, and the Jayhawks (14-4, 5-0 Big 12) were 26 of 29 from there as a team. It helped them to put away Baylor for their fifth straight win -- the last four over Top 25 opponents.
They are the first team to accomplish that feat since North Carolina in 1997.
Perry Ellis added 18 points and Joel Embiid had 12 for Kansas, which led 37-35 at halftime but used a 14-2 surge fueled by defense and hustle in the second half to draw away.
"I thought even though our defense wasn’t great tonight," Jayhawks coach Bill Self said, "it was nice to have energy keying our run there, because we had so many opportunities."
Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin added 16 points apiece for the Bears (13-5, 1-4), who were 13 of 27 from beyond the 3-point arc but just 9 of 20 from the free throw line.
"You can’t let them get separation," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "It’s hard to come back from double digits on this court."
The teams combined for 16 turnovers in a disjointed first half that included 12 lead changes but virtually no rhythm. The Jayhawks managed to squeeze out the two-point halftime lead, but they had to shoot 60 percent from the field to do it.
That’s because Baylor was scorching from the perimeter.
Heslip hit all four of his 3-point tries in the half, and the 7-foot Austin added two -- he was 0 for 4 inside the arc. Along with the two 3-pointers that Jefferson hit, the Bears knocked down 8 of 10 beyond the perimeter in the first half. They were 4 of 18 everywhere else.
"Coach Drew told us after last game we’re passing up too many shots," Austin said. "He knows we have confidence in making them."
The game remained close until Ellis scored inside with 12:48 remaining to start the Jayhawks on their game-defining run, and then came the two biggest highlights of the game.
The first came when Ellis stepped in front of a pass and took off toward the other end of the court, dunking the ball home while getting fouled. Naturally, he made the free throw.
The second highlight came moments later, when Kansas lost control of the ball under the Baylor basket. Freshman guard Wayne Selden tracked it down and saved it to Embiid as he crashed over a fan seated at a courtside table and wound up in the laps of two more fans wearing Bears clothing.
Everybody’s eyes immediately turned to Embiid -- including the officials -- and the 7-foot freshman converted the basket. The only people who seemed to notice that Selden’s foot was out of bounds were the folks who were able to catch the replay on television.
"Maybe he deserves it because that was a great hustle play," Heslip said.
Drew burned another timeout as the game was starting to get away from them, but the Jayhawks kept on charging. Naadir Tharpe’s 3-pointer made it 60-46 with 8:16 remaining.
From there, it was a matter of Kansas maintaining its lead.
Austin hit a 3-pointer to get Baylor within 61-51 with just over 6 minutes left, but Wiggins made four straight from the free throw line. Heslip hit another 3-pointer with 3:45 to go, but Wiggins scored on a scooping layup to keep the cushion comfortable.
"We wanted to try to keep (Wiggins) out of the paint and make him make jumpers and that didn’t work too well," Drew said. "Credit to him for getting to the free throw line and being aggressive."
No. 17 Ohio St. 62
LINCOLN, Neb. -- After Nebraska’s previous home game, Terran Petteway stood in front of his bench, hands over his head with a pained look on his face.
He wore an expression of pure joy Monday night as the buzzer sounded and the student section rushed the court to celebrate the Cornhuskers’ 68-62 upset of No. 17 Ohio State. It was the Buckeyes’ fourth straight loss after a 15-0 start.
Petteway scored seven points in the final 2:22 and had 13 of his 18 in the second half to help the Huskers end a five-game losing streak and give coach Tim Miles his biggest win in two seasons in Lincoln.
"The fans are the reason. You couldn’t even hear the whistle at one point," Petteway said. "The student section was filled 90 minutes before the game. I knew it was going to be a good night."
The finish was much different than the last game at Pinnacle Bank Arena two weeks ago. That night Petteway’s driving layup bounced off the rim on the Huskers’ last possession, and they lost by a point to Michigan.
The Huskers (9-8, 1-5 Big Ten) are 8-1 at their new home.
"I swear I’ve never stood in this building and thought we were going to lose a game so far," Miles said.
The Buckeyes (15-4, 2-4) beat Nebraska by 31 points on Jan. 4 in Columbus and haven’t won since. The four-game losing streak is their longest since 2007-08.
"It’s like there’s this black cloud over us," said point guard Aaron Craft, who committed four turnovers and has 19 in the last four games. "We have to find a way to get it off."
Shavon Shields scored 18 points and had nine rebounds to break out of a sophomore slump. Deverell Biggs added 11 points for the Huskers.
The Huskers survived after squandering a 14-point first-half lead and won against a ranked opponent for the first time in 16 games. They used a 16-5 run late in the second half to regain control and made 13 of their last 16 free throws to hold off the Buckeyes.
Craft scored 12 points, LaQuinton Ross added 11 and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 10 for the Buckeyes.
"When something doesn’t go well, we’re not able to answer the call," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. "We don’t have the mental toughness to make the next play. We’re clinging on the mistakes. We’ve got to play forward."
Nebraska overcame 17 turnovers -- eight by Petteway -- and a couple of lulls to beat a Top 25 opponent for the first time January 2012. The Huskers committed turnovers on seven of their first nine possessions of the second half and went through a 6-minute scoring drought in the middle of the half before they closed strong.
Ross’ finger roll gave Ohio State its last lead at 46-45. The Huskers took the lead for good when Biggs stole the ball from Craft and went in for a layup with 4:29 to play.
David Rivers’ two free throws made it a 10-point game, and the Buckeyes couldn’t threaten again because of Nebraska’s strong free throw shooting at the end.
"I was happy for our guys to be a part of it," Miles said. "There’s been a lot of hard work. There’s been a lot of frustration. It’s the second year, and there’s not necessarily going to be incremental improvement. You can’t guarantee that. There are so many newcomers and we’re relatively young. We’re going to try to win as many games as we can."
Nebraska led 34-25 after outscoring the Buckeyes 16-6 over the last 7:24 of the first half. Ohio State went 6 1/2 minutes without a field goal after Amedeo Della Valle’s 3-pointer gave his team a 19-18 lead.
Shields scored seven points during the spurt, and Leslee Smith finished it when he swiped the ball from Amir Williams at midcourt and went in for a layup.
Ohio State got back into the game by outscoring the Huskers 18-2 over halftime, tying it and taking a 38-36 lead on layups by Craft.
"We’re not the same team that won 15 in a row," Craft said. "We have to go back and find that."
Georgetown 72, OT
WASHINGTON -- Marquette-Georgetown in overtime? That was supposed to be must-see TV in the relaunched Big East.
Instead, the Golden Eagles and Hoyas are two teams trying to find their way, experimenting with different lineup combinations to stay in the conference race. Marquette came out on top, 80-72, on Monday night to get its first road win in league play and leaving slumping Georgetown still searching for answers.
Davante Gardner scored 20 points, Steve Taylor scored 10 of his 14 points after halftime, and freshman John Dawson had seven of his career-high 12 points in overtime for the Golden Eagles (11-8, 3-3), who were coming off an overtime loss at Butler on Saturday.
"I think God gives you the same test over and over and over again until you pass it," Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. "Not trying to be a preacher, and not saying I’m prophetic. We got the same test today. ... You can either respond to that at some point in time, or you can give in."
Todd Mayo’s 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds remaining in regulation completed a comeback from a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes to tie the score. The Golden Eagles then scored the first seven points of overtime and went 8 for 8 from the free-throw line in the extra period to hold the lead.
Marquette finished with five players in double figures, and Taylor and Dawson played season-highs in minutes. Williams found success with a tandem he’s rarely used -- playing Gardner and Taylor together.
"I would say that’s the most balance that we’ve had in a long time," Williams said.
Markel Starks scored a career-high 28 points, and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 24 for the undermanned Hoyas (11-7, 3-4), who have lost four of five and suffered a second-half collapse for the third straight game.
Starks and Smith-Rivera made 17 of Georgetown’s 23 field goals as they continue to carry a disproportionate share of the load. The Hoyas remain without Joshua Smith, who sat out for his fifth consecutive game for academic reasons, and Jabril Trawick, who missed his fourth game with a broken jaw and isn’t expected to return for weeks.
Asked if he said anything to his players after the game to keep their spirits up, Georgetown coach John Thompson III said: "I’m waiting for them to say something to keep my spirits up."
"That was a joke," he added, without smiling. "It’s amazing I can joke right now. We are seven games into an 18-game season. There’s a lot of season to be played. Are we in a funk right now? Absolutely."
Thompson said he repeatedly told his players not to let Marquette’s long-range shooters have open looks in the final minutes. Thomas, Mayo and Dawson all made 3-pointers either late in regulation or early in overtime.
"We’ve got to see if we can figure out why we’re not listening better, why we’re not executing better," Thompson said. "What they did, we knew was coming and they still got it."
The Golden Eagles and Hoyas were picked to finish 1-2 in the Big East in the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll, and neither has come close to living up to expectations. The game ended a streak of seven consecutive Marquette-Georgetown games in which at least one team was ranked in the Top 25.
Georgetown had blown double-digit, second-half leads in back-to-back losses, prompting Thompson into major changes to his playing rotation. Seldom-used sophomore guard Stephen Domingo and role-playing senior guard John Caprio came off the bench early in the first half, giving Starks and Smith-Rivera a break from the heavy minutes they’ve been playing in recent games.
Smith-Rivera and Starks combined for 19 straight Georgetown points during a long second-half stretch, capped by Starks’ fast-break layup that gave the Hoyas a 56-49 lead with 4:54 remaining.
The Golden Eagles cut into the lead with the 3-pointer by Thomas and a driving dunk by Jamil Wilson, making the score 60-58 with 2 minutes to play. The lead was three after Starks missed 1 of 2 free throws with 17 seconds to play, giving Mayo the chance to send the game to overtime.