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No. 13 K-State 64-61 beats Baylor on McGruder 3
KANSAS ST 64, BAYLOR 61

By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Basketball Writer

WACO, Texas (AP) -- Rodney McGruder was surprised that Kansas
State was even getting the chance at another shot in regulation.



It was quick, and it worked.



McGruder made a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 64-61 victory
Saturday night that kept the 13th-ranked Wildcats in a tie for
the Big 12 lead.



They unexpectedly got the ball back with a second remaining
following Baylor's failed desperation inbound pass.



"I was thinking of something different. But that goes for being
fortunate," McGruder said of a game that seemed headed for
overtime. "It worked out in our favor. That's all I can say."



Kansas State (24-5, 13-3 Big 12) had already missed one
potential tiebreaking shot when Shane Southwell missed badly on
a shot that went out of bounds with 1 second left.



Instead of settling for overtime, the Bears (17-12, 8-8) brought
seldom-used Jacob Neubert off the bench to try a
length-of-the-court inbound pass.



But Neubert's baseball-style pass went out of bounds without
being touched. So the Wildcats got the ball under their own
basket without any time running off the clock.



The Wildcats called timeout and set up the play. Angel Rodriguez
inbounded the ball to McGruder, who worked around defenders to
get open on the right wing a couple of feet beyond the 3-point
line. He swished the shot.



"We didn't do a very good job on the possession before that. We
really didn't get a good look," Wildcats coach Bruce Weber.
"(Southwell) was probably our last option on that one and I
probably should have called timeout. ... We didn't have a quick
hitter on shot clocks and we just call in `quick.' The kids
said, `Let's run it.' We've run it once this year. Rodney read
it perfectly. Great pass by Angel."



McGruder finished with 18 points for the Wildcats, who won their
fifth straight game and ninth in 10 to maintain a share of the
Big 12 lead with sixth-ranked Kansas with two regular season
games left. The Jayhawks got their 13th league victory earlier
Saturday, 91-65 over West Virginia.



Pierre Jackson had 18 points and seven assists for Baylor, which
has lost seven of its past 10 games.



"I don't remember losing on a buzzer-beater - ever. So I don't
know how to react to it," Jackson said.



Cory Jefferson had 14 points while Isaiah Austin, the Bears'
7-foot-1 freshman standout, had 11 points and 12 rebounds for
his 10th double-double this season.



"It was a great game and a terrible ending for the Baylor
Bears," coach Scott Drew said. "With one second, it's hard not
to try to win the game. Jacob has done a great job of making
that pass. Isaiah has come down with it, Cory has come down with
it, Quincy Acy has come down with it. So it would be tough not
to try it from underneath out of bounds. ... The plan was for
(Isaiah) to catch it and lay it in, and we storm the court."



The celebration instead belonged to the Wildcats, who mobbed
McGruder at midcourt.



The Bears have a quick turnaround, with a game Monday night at
Texas. They close the regular season at home next Saturday
against Kansas.



Baylor had its first lead in the second half when Jefferson got
a bounce pass from Brady Heslip and made a layup while being
fouled by Southwell with 3:58 left. After the media timeout that
immediately followed, Jefferson made the free throw to put the
Bears up 56-54.



Southwell then had a shot blocked by Austin, but the ball went
out of bounds, and Rodriguez hit a 3-pointer to put the Wildcats
back ahead. Jackson missed a layup that was grabbed by Jordan
Henriquez, who had a dunk at the other end with 2:48 left for a
59-56 lead.



Rodriguez had a bad pass that Jackson came up with, before
driving, being fouled and making the second free throw. Jackson
had another chance after a miss by Rodriguez, driving all the
way and being fouled McGruder. Those two free throws tied the
game at 59 with 1:23 left.



McGruder made a jumper with 1:03 left, but Jackson was fouled
again by McGruder on a drive and again made both free throws
with 35 seconds left.



Kansas State brought the ball up the court and made a few passes
before Weber called timeout with 7.7 seconds left. But Southwell
missed.



The Wildcats have regular-season games left at home against TCU
and at Oklahoma State. They are 9-0 against teams from Texas,
including a 20-point win at home over Baylor two weeks earlier.



Down 34-33 at the half, Kansas State opened the second half with
a quick 7-0 spurt. Southwell had a jumper and McGruder made a
floater before a three-point play when he made a dunk while
being fouled and added the free throw. The Wildcats then led
until Jefferson's three-point play.



Baylor wore its special neon yellow uniforms unveiled earlier
this week by Adidas, including camouflage-patterned shorts in
the same bright color. The Bears were one of six teams to get
special uniforms for anticipated tournament appearances.



On top of that Saturday, Baylor gave out 10,000 T-shirts to the
fans in the highlighter color, brightening up the Ferrell
Center.



Until the gloomy finish.

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