Mason 25 points as Baylor beats No. 20 Iowa State 73-70

Ruben Hill
January 11, 2019

Iowa State is now 12-3 (2-1 Big 12) for the season.

Makai Mason scored 25 points with five free throws in the final 38 seconds as Baylor held on to beat No. 20 Iowa State 73-70. Baylor has been a good defensive team in home games this season and they'll lean on that side of the ball to win Tuesday according to Scott Drew.

Baylor (9-5, 1-1) trailed 66-64 before Mason went on his run, which consisted of a game-tying jumper, a go-ahead free throw and four subsequent free throws that protected the Bears' lead.

Senior guard King McClure also had a big offensive rebound off a missed free throw by Mason, which set Mason up to knock in a pair of free throws with 32 seconds remaining. Coming into Tuesday's meeting with Iowa State was 19th in the nation holding opponents to under 39 percent shooting.

Tristan Clark added 16 points for Baylor while Bandoo had 13.

Sophomore guard Lindell Wigginton finished with 11 points, as did redshirt junior forward Michael Jacobson. But the Cyclones never led by more than two points after halftime.

The back-and-forth action featured a seven-point Iowa State lead and an eight-point Baylor advantage in the first half.

Iowa State started Big 12 play with two big wins, including one over perennial Big 12 champion Kansas on Saturday.

Prior to Big 12 conference play, Baylor ranked 14th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 60.4 points per game.

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