Saturday’s box score
Baylor 81, No. 4 Kansas 58
Percentages: FG .375, FT .588. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (McLemore 5-9, Johnson 1-6, Releford 0-2, White III 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 5 (Withey 4, Traylor). Turnovers: 13 (McLemore 4, Johnson 3, Releford 2, Withey 2, Adams, Young). Steals: 3 (Releford, Ellis, Johnson). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .577, FT .625. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Jefferson 3-3, Jackson 2-3, Heslip 1-3, Franklin 0-1, Walton 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 8 (Austin 4, Jefferson 3, Heslip). Turnovers: 10 (Walton 4, Jackson 3, Austin, Jefferson, Bello). Steals: 6 (Bello 2, Jackson 2, Walton, Heslip). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–9,695. Officials–Joe DeRosa, Mark Whitehead, Terry Oglesby.
Ellis provides a lift
When Kansas senior Kevin Young picked up two early fouls, freshman Perry Ellis was thrust into some early minutes. He responded by finishing with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, keying KU’s late run in the second half.
“I thought he was the best player for us today,” Self said. “If anybody had a big game, it would be Perry. He was aggressive; he attacked them. And the guys that he was scoring on or over or around were legitimate shot-blockers who were much bigger.”
Ellis’ production slightly offset quiet nights from Travis Releford (two points) and Young (no points). Withey, who finished with eight points, was limited to three baskets and shot four free throws.
“We had a chance to get back in it multiple times and didn’t take advantage,” Self said, “and they made some plays. They were terrific, and we weren’t any good. And they had a lot to do with us not being very good.”
• Baylor shot a blistering 57.7 percent from the field, the highest by a KU opponent all season. Most of the damage came from Baylor’s combo of Cory Jefferson and Pierre Jackson, and Self said it was a combination of bad defense and good offense.
“It wasn’t very good,” Self said of KU’s defense. “But the Cory points didn’t bother me as much. He made some hard jump hooks that were over a pretty good defender. The Pierre points, to me, weren’t very good.”
• KU freshman Ben McLemore finished with 23 points, surpassing Danny Manning’s season record for points by a KU freshman. Manning scored 496 points in 1984-85. McLemore has 521 points.
— Rustin Dodd