KU, K-State both win

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- After telling everyone all week how good Baylor's guards are, Kansas coach Bill Self probably felt like shouting, "See -- I told you so."

Self's Jayhawks (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) finally did subdue the Bears, even without the help of a 3-point basket for the first time in almost eight years. But Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat and LaceDarius Dunn kept Kansas hopping from beginning to end Saturday night before the buzzer finally sounded with Kansas on top 100-90.

"I told people -- their guards are really, really good," Self said.

Jerrells had 30 points, the highest total of any player against Kansas this year. Dunn was 5-for-10 from the 3-point arc and had 23 points. Dugat had 15.

"I'm not sure offensively we'll play any guards that will actually play better than what Baylor's played tonight," Self said.

Darrell Arthur had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Russell Robinson had 22 and helped fuel a 17-6 spurt in the second half that pulled the Jayhawks (23-1, 8-1 Big 12) away from the stubborn Bears. Sherron Collins, who's been erratic the past couple of weeks, had 17 points and was also key in the second-half run that kept Baylor winless in eight trips to Allen Fieldhouse.

"Shady," Self said of Arthur. "But Sherron was the spark tonight. I thought in the second half he changed the pace of the game and got us easy baskets in transition."

Despite its second-highest point total of the season, Kansas was 0-for-9 from behind the arc and failed to hit a 3-point bucket for the first time since February of 2000 -- a span of 271 games.

"That's unbelievable," Self said. "I'm sure it's happened before, but I can't imagine that. And to take 63 shots, and only take nine 3s. That's not going to happen very often."

The Jayhawks trailed by as many as seven points in the first half. When Dunn connected for a rare four-point play about 7 minutes into the second half, it was tied 50-all. But then Mario Chalmers, taking a long pass from Darnell Jackson, dropped in a short jumper and Collins followed with a three-point play to ignite the take-charge spurt that assured Kansas of its 11th victory in its last 12 meetings with Baylor.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Going over the scouting report of Oklahoma State in the locker room before its game Saturday, Kansas State had a surprise visitor: senior guard Clent Stewart.

Wearing a pressed black suit, Stewart had just arrived in Manhattan after attending his mother's funeral in Norman, Okla. Smiles filled the room as the players greeted him with hugs and high-fives. Then freshman Michael Beasley chimed in: "All right Clent. Sit down. We've got a scouting report to go over."

If there was any doubt how the Wildcats would respond to the emotions of seeing a teammate in pain, Beasley ended it.

He had 23 points and 13 rebounds for his school-record 19th double-double, helping No. 24 Kansas State (No. 20 AP) beat Oklahoma State for the first time in five years with an 82-61 victory -- less than 24 hours after attending a service for their teammate's mother.

"It was really special to know what he's going through with his family, his mom and all that," Beasley said. "For him to be with us was real special. That just shows how strong Stew is."

Vanessa Stewart died on Tuesday after a long fight with bone cancer. The entire team flew to Norman on Friday night for a service and to support their grieving teammate, then headed back later that night.

After all the tears from the night before, it would have been easy for the Wildcats (17-5, 7-1 Big 12) to come out flat, let the emotions of the past week take a toll in the form of a lackluster game.

It never happened. If anything, it sparked them to play harder.

With Stewart cheering on from the bench, Kansas State jumped to an early 16-point lead and never let the Cowboys get all the way back in it, beating Oklahoma State for the first time since Feb. 2, 2002, in Manhattan.

Jacob Pullen hit four 3-pointers in the first six minutes and Beasley had his way inside against the Cowboys, helping the Wildcats to their 11th straight home win.


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