Baylor upsets No. 13 Iowa State 94-89
AMES, Iowa (AP) Nobody ever seems to beat Iowa State at home. Nobody but Baylor, which once again stunned the Cyclones in Ames.
Johnathan Motley had a career-high 27 points and added 13 rebounds to help Baylor upset No. 13 Iowa State 94-89 on Saturday, handing the Cyclones their first home loss.
Taurean Prince had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Lester Medford added 16 points and 11 assists for the Bears (12-3, 2-1 Big 12), who rallied from 11 down in the second half to beat the Cyclones on the road for the second year in a row.
''We have some secret sauce at the pregame meal,'' joked Baylor coach Scott Drew, whose team became the first in school history with three players posting double-doubles in the same game. ''We've been blessed. We've played well.''
Iowa State, which is known for its comebacks at Hilton Coliseum, pulled to 80-76 before Prince hit a baseline jumper with 1:17 to go. Al Freeman's free throws with 12 seconds left clinched Baylor's biggest win of the season.
Georges Niang scored 22 points and Monte Morris had 21 for Iowa State (12-3, 1-2), which has lost two of three after an 11-1 start.
''We got punched in the mouth. We've got to do a better job of responding,'' Niang said.
Last season, the Bears used a late run to stun the Cyclones and end their 21-game home winning streak.
Baylor did it again Saturday, taking hold of a game Iowa State appeared to have control over.
After falling behind 56-45, the Bears outscored the Cyclones 35-17 in an 11-minute stretch that put them ahead 80-73. Iowa State blew its chance to rally by missing four straight free throws down the stretch - and a charge call on Morris with 50 seconds left sealed the Cyclones' fate.
Abdel Nader had 20 for Iowa State, which had won nine straight at home after its last loss to Baylor in Ames.
''A tough loss. You've got to take care of home (court). We didn't do it,'' Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said.
The Cyclones got off to a great start though, jumping ahead by 10 within the first five minutes.
But Baylor, thanks largely to an edge on the glass, inched back to 28-26. Back-to-back 3s from Matt Thomas and Niang pushed the Cyclones ahead 35-26 late in the first half.
Niang then sandwiched a jumper and a layup around a 3 in a 58-second stretch that gave Iowa State a 50-40 lead. Baylor responded with five straight baskets and an 11-0 run that tied it at 58 with just under 12 minutes left.
Baylor took its first lead, 67-66, on a 3 from Lester Medford with 8:05 left. Motley's putback dunk a few minutes later put the Bears back in front, 74-73.
''My teammates ... they just kept feeding me the ball. So I just kept finishing,'' Motley said.
Baylor: The Bears outrebounded Iowa State 23-15 in the first half. ... Coach Scott Drew used all three of his second-half timeouts in less than 13 minutes. ... Motley had 23 points in just 14 minutes against Hardin-Simmons on Dec. 16.
Iowa State: The Cyclones hit five of their first seven shots. ... Guard Hallice Cooke, perhaps trying to change his luck from outside, wore shiny gold shoes. Cooke drilled a long 3 with his first attempt. ... Iowa State went nearly 14 minutes without committing a turnover.
Rico Gathers had just four points and five boards for Baylor. ... Iowa State's Deonte Burton played just seven minutes, scoring two points. ... The Cyclones had assists on 24 of 32 baskets.
''We got stops and hit some shots. But the biggest thing is we stayed together as a team,'' Medford said.
Baylor hosts TCU on Wednesday.
Iowa State travels to face Texas on Tuesday.
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