AMES, Iowa – The Baylor Bears (18-1, 7-0 Big 12) entered Hilton Coliseum as the No. 1 team in the nation, and for a large portion of the game, Iowa State (9-11, 2-5 Big 12) hung right with them.
However, the Bears broke open a close game with 12 minutes remaining with a decisive 17-2 run en route to a 67-53 victory over Iowa State Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum.
The Bears showed their muscle by scoring 44 points in the paint.
How It Happened
Baylor led 33-26 at the break. The Bears held an 18-16 lead with just under 10 minutes remaining, but started to take control by making four-straight shots in a 13-5 run to move ahead 31-21.
Bolton played a huge role and keeping the Cyclones within distance by scoring 14 first-half points thanks to 4-of-5 shooting from downtown.
The Cyclones trimmed the lead to four points early in the second half, as George Conditt IV scored on a couple of putbacks from offensive rebounds.
Haliburton connected on a pair of free throws with 12:55 remaining to cut the Bear lead to 44-39, but a questionable blocking call on Solomon Young elicited a technical foul on Cyclone head coach Steve Prohm. The Bears took advantage by scoring eight-straight points to ignite their 17-2 run.
Player of Note
Rasir Bolton tallied 19 points, including 14 in the first half. Bolton made all four of ISU’s 3-pointers, connecting on 4-of-8 from downtown. Bolton is 10-of-21 from beyond the arc in his last three games.
Iowa State travels to Texas on Saturday (Feb. 1). Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. CT