KANSAS CITY, MO – The Kansas state season ends with a 74-68 loss to Baylor in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
The wildcats went head to toe with the bears and held the lead six times. The cats also forced 21 sales.
“It felt good to show our courage and show our improvement from the beginning of the year until today,” said newcomer Nijel Pack.
Nijel Pack blew a three to hit K-State in four minutes with less than a minute of play time. But Baylors Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell took their turn after a foul; both made two free throws each.
K-State may have lost, but they were happy with their performance. Nijel Pack and Davion Bradford had 18 points apiece and DaJuan Gordon added 15.
The first two times when KSU played against Baylor, they lost a total of 79 points. This time they lost just six to one of the best teams in the country.
“It wasn’t a shock for us, but maybe for everyone else. Any team could beat you any night. I feel like we had that night but we just couldn’t finish, ”said Pack.
MaCio Teague, Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler together scored 65 points when Baylor shot 53% off the field.
Baylor will face Oklahoma State in the semi-finals of the Big 12 Championship on Friday.
Kansas State finished the season with a 9-20 record.
Head coach Bruce Weber thanked the fans and everyone else involved in the Wildcats season.
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