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Tharpe Leads Kansas Past Baylor

Associated Press - February 4, 2014 9:21 pm

WACO, Texas (AP) – Naadir Tharpe scored 22 points, nine in a go ahead run for No. 8 Kansas before halftime, and the Big 12 leading Jayhawks rebounded from their first league loss with a 69-52 victory at Baylor Tuesday night.

Andrew Wiggins overcame a slow start to score 14 points, while Perry Ellis had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Kansas.

Wiggins, the Big 12’s top scoring freshman, finished 4 of 13 shooting and didn’t make his first basket until a half court shot to beat the buzzer going into halftime. That capped a 14-3 run over the final 5 minutes for a 35-27 lead.

Early on, there were three ties and nine lead changes. Tharpe’s short jumper with 3 1/2 minutes left in the half broke a 25 all tie and put the Jayhawks (17-5, 8-1 Big 12) ahead to stay.

Cory Jefferson had 14 points to lead Baylor (14-8, 2-7), which lost its fourth consecutive game at the Ferrell Center.

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