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Kansas remains perfect in Big 12 with another win over Baylor

Feb 3, 2009 - 5:56 AM WACO, Texas (Ticker) -- Sherron Collins scored 17 points to lead No. 24 Kansas to a 75-65 victory over Baylor on Monday night.

Marcus Morris scored 13 points and Mario Little added 12 for the Jayhawks (18-4, 7-0 Big 12), who extended their winning streak to seven games and tied Oklahoma for first place in the conference.

The Jayhawks have now won 14 of 15 meetings with the Bears since the inception of the Big 12, with Baylor's only win during that span being an 85-77 victory in Waco in 2001.

"We were bad against Arizona on the road and miserable against Michigan State, but since we got in the league we have played pretty good on the road," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "We thought and we still do we think this would be one of the hardest places for teams to come win."

Henry Dugat scored 15 points and LaceDarius Dunn had 13 for Baylor (15-7, 3-5), which has lost four straight.

Collins had six points at the half, including a pull-up jumper in the lane at the buzzer that gave Kansas a 30-28 lead at the break. Morris then started the second half by scoring Kansas' first eight points.

"Coach told when I got the ball in the game that they really couldn't guard me so try to be as aggressive as you can," Morris said. "It was a big game. It was a big win. I think we played good as a team. I think we showed a lot of heart out there when it was going our way, but I think we kept our poise and played together."

Little converted a three-point play with 15:22 to play to give Kansas a 46-35 lead with but Baylor fought back.

The Bears pulled within 48-47 after consecutive 3-pointers by Carter. But Baylor was never able to get closer as Kansas answered with a 10-3 run over the next 3:55 to open up a 66-55 lead.

"I thought Kansas did a great job when we made that run in the second half in responding," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "We got close but when you get close like that it makes it tough if you don't get over the hump and we were never able to take the lead in the second half and I know that our guys ran out of gas down the stretch."

Part of Baylor's problem was another subpar performance from Curtis Jerrells. The Bears' leading scorer, Jerrells was 0-of-7 from the field and finished with a season-low four points on free throws. He was coming off a five-point effort against Missouri on Saturday when he was 2-for-10 from the field.

Collins added six assists and three rebounds and has now led Kansas in scoring in 17 of its 22 games this season.

"Sherron (Collins) was fabulous," Self said. "To have played 40 minutes and guard like he guarded and still yet control the entire game like he did second half. I thought that was one of his better games."