3-point follow: Kansas 70, Baylor 66

Kansas coach Bill Self implores his team during a sluggish first half. The Jayhawks responded for a 70-66 win in the Big 12 semifinals.


KANSAS CITY — A three-point followup to No. 1 Kansas defeating No. 22 Baylor 70-66 in the Big 12 tournament semifinals Friday night:

Second-half knockout: Wayne Selden Jr. jawed at Bill Self on the bench, Jake Lindsey banked home a halftime buzzer-beater and Baylor trotted off with a 23-21 lead. Yet just when it appeared the Jayhawks were vulnerable …

Perry Ellis began slicing through the lane and Selden dunked the Ish out of the ball as Kansas went up by 16.

Credit Baylor for a late charge against Self’s reserves, but Kansas (29-4) had the cushion it needed for a 13th consecutive win and a slot in Saturday’s championship game.

Ellis scored 14 of his 20 in the second half when the Jayhawks shot 57 percent.

Good night, quiet Prince: All-Big 12 forward Taurean Prince shot 3-of-11 overall, 0-of-6 from 3 and finished with just nine points, snapping a 15-game stretch of double-figures scoring.

He also fouled out for the first time this season.

Baylor left a lot of points at the free-throw line, making only 14-of-25.

What bench? The Jayhawks’ reserves didn’t score until 11:46 remained in the game, when Carlton Bragg Jr. slammed home a 45-foot alley-oop from Devonte Graham.

Bragg wound up with 10 of the Kansas bench’s 15 points.

Wayne Selden Jr. delivers a highlight dunk that also drew a blocking foul on Baylor’s Ish Wainright

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