AMES, Iowa — Jared Butler scored 27 points, and No. 2 Baylor pulled away late in the second half to stay undefeated this season with a 76-65 victory over Iowa State in its Big 12 college basketball clash on Saturday.
Butler, who shot 7 of 15 from the field and made three 3-pointers, also had five assists and four steals in the win for Baylor (9-0, 2-0 Big 12).
Highlights From No. 2 Baylor vs Iowa State
MaCio Teague and Davion Mitchell each scored 13 points, while Flo Thamba ended with 10 points and four rebounds for the Bears, who shot 47.3% from the field on 26 of 55 shooting, but made just 4 for 19 from 3-pointers.
Baylor had not played strong team since beating then-No. 5 Illinois, 82-69 on Dec. 2.
“It’s been a long time since we played some stiff competition,” Butler said. “We said in the locker room, these games make basketball fun.”
Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua supported with 10 rebounds and seven points in the win.
Javan Johnson scored 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting from the field and 3 for 5 from 3-point range to lead Iowa State.
Solomon Young added 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting before fouling out, while Rasir Bolton finished with a balanced effort of 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and four steals for the Cyclones (2-5, 0-3), who were losing for the fifth time in their last six games.
Baylor led 36-32 at halftime after a close battle in the first half.
The two teams continued to battle after the break with Iowa State coming back to take a 50-49 lead with 11:24 left in the contest.
However, the Bears took back control of the game with a 13-0 run to lead 66-55 with 5:16 remain and then held out for the win.
The Baylor Bears return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at home against Oklahoma. Game time is set for 9:00 p.m. and ESPN2 will air the action.
Iowa State Cyclones will travel to No. 8 Texas on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Tip-off time is slated for 8:00 p.m. and the Longhorns Network will air the coverage