Baylor comeback falls short, 71-63

Wichita State forward Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler (44) grabs an offensive rebound against Baylor guard Mario Kegler (4) during the first half at Charles Koch Arena.Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Wichita State led by 33 points in first half, but Bears cut the margin to 5 late.

Baylor couldn’t overcome an extremely slow start paired with a red-hot Wichita State run in the first half on Saturday night.

The Bears dominated the second half, winning it by 21 points, but the Shockers still held on for a 71-63 victory at Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas.

Wichita State made six 3-pointers during a four-minute stretch and established a 33-point lead when center Jamie Echenique threw down a dunk with 2:40 left in the first half.

However, Scott Drew’s charges steadily chipped away in the second half. Baylor sliced Wichita State’s lead to single digits on a Tristan Clark layup with 4:11 remaining. The Bears got as close as five when King McClure finished a fast break with a layup with 3:47 left.

With an arena full of fans looking on in disbelief, the Shockers pulled it together with a 5-0 run to re-establish a double-digit lead in the final three minutes.

Clark scored 12 points to lead Baylor and Mario Kegler and McClure each added 10.

Wichita State’s Samajae Haynes-Jones led all scorers with 21 points after hitting 6 of 11 from 3-point range. He also grabbed 10 rebounds

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