WACO, Tex. — Frank Mason III scored 23 points and dished out eight assists and No. 3 Kansas defeated No. 4 Baylor 67-65 here in Waco, to sweep the season against the Bears on Saturday.
Kansas (24-3, 12-2 Big 12) trailed 63-57 with 4:18 left in the game, but outscored Baylor 10-2 down the stretch to secure the win and moved three games clear of the Bears atop the Big 12 standings.
“We were down by more than that last game,” said Mason. “We just showed toughness and leadership as far as the older guys and I think the younger guys did a great job of following.”
Freshman Josh Jackson scored 16 points for the Jayhawks, who shot 41.8 percent on 23-of-55 shooting and overcame a 5-of-20 effort from 3-point range.
Johnathan Motley led Baylor (22-5, 9-5 Big 12) with 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
The win put Kansas position to clinch its 13th consecutive Big 12 title.
“As far as a mental toughness team, I would take this team and go to the house and let it ride however it goes,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said.
“Well, we put ourselves in a great position,” Self added. “We’re not going to take it for granted.
“… Certainly with a different outcome, you’re up one (game) with four to play, so I’m really proud of our guys, and how hard they compete.”
Manu Lecomte added 16 points and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. scored 11 in the defeat for the Bears, who led 35-29 at halftime but were outscored 38-30 by the Jayhawks in the second half.
As a team, Baylor shot 42.9 percent from the floor on 24-of-56 shooting.
Kansas dominated Baylor in the paint, outscoring the home side 36-26 in that column.