MANHATTAN, Kan. — Baylor coach Scott Drew isn't oblivious to criticism, no matter how spotless the record or high the ranking.
After some had questioned his team's toughness, Drew was thrilled with the way the No. 4 Bears responded against No. 18 Kansas State on Tuesday night.
Perry Jones scored 17 and Baylor held the Wildcats to one basket over the final five minutes for a 75-73 win.
"That's the biggest thing, that sometimes people question our team's toughness," Drew said. "I think we showed, mentally, how tough we've been."
Quincy Acy and Brady Heslip added 13 points each for the Bears (16-0, 3-0 Big 12). Jones and Acy combined to go 14-of-18 from the floor. Pierre Jackson had 10 points for Baylor, which surged ahead with a 20-4 run over a 51/2-minute stretch midway through the second half.
Rodney McGruder scored 30 on 10-of-14 shooting to lead Kansas State (12-3, 1-2). Jordan Henriquez added 10 points for the Wildcats.
"Their frontline kicked our tails," Wildcats coach Frank Martin said. "When your frontline has more turnovers than defensive rebounds, it's hard to believe."
Baylor's 20-4 run gave it a 58-50 lead with 10:36 left. But McGruder kept K-State in it with nine points during an 11-4 run, including a driving layup that pulled the Wildcats to 62-60 with 7:36 remaining.
The game stayed close from there, with Jones getting fouled on an offensive rebound and hitting a free throw with 20.9 seconds left to make it 75-73.
K-State appeared ready to tie it when Angel Rodriguez was open in the lane in the final five seconds, but he had the ball stripped with three seconds left. The Wildcats' ensuing inbounds pass was tipped away as time expired.
NO. 3 UNC 73, MIAMI 56: Tyler Zeller had 16 points and Dexter Strickland added 14 for the Tar Heels (15-2, 2-0 ACC), who led almost the entire night against the Hurricanes (9-6, 0-2) and closed a nine-game homestand with a perfect record.
ILLINOIS 79, NO. 5 OHIO ST. 74: Brandon Paul scored a career-high 43, including a 3-pointer with less than a minute left, to help the host Illini upset the Buckeyes (15-3, 3-2 Big Ten).
NO. 6 MICH. ST. 95, IOWA 61: Draymond Green had 22 points and nine rebounds to help the host Spartans (15-2, 4-0 Big Ten) to their 15th straight win, their longest winning streak since they won 22 in a row in 1998-99.
PROVIDENCE 90, NO. 14 LOUISVILLE 59: Bryce Cotton and Kadeem Batts scored 27 each and the host Friars made coach Rick Pitino's night miserable on a day the school honored his 1987 squad, handing the Cardinals (13-4, 1-3 Big East) their fourth loss in five games.
NO. 23 CREIGHTON 63, N. IOWA 60: Antoine Young scored a season-high 21, and his only 3-pointer gave the host Bluejays (14-2, 4-1 MVC) a five-point lead with two minutes left.
NO. 24 SETON HALL 94, DEPAUL 73: Fuquan Edwin scored 24 of his career-high 28 in the first half, and the host Pirates (15-2, 4-1 Big East) rolled in their first game in the poll since 2001.
NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 80, NO. 18 G'TOWN 60: Skyler Diggins scored 22 for the visiting Irish (16-1, 4-0 Big East), who made 28 of 32 free throws and held the Hoyas (13-4, 2-2) to 28 percent shooting.
NO. 3 UCONN 96, PROVIDENCE 35: Bria Hartley and Tiffany Hayes scored 19 each for the Huskies (13-2, 3-1 Big East), who bounced back from their loss to Notre Dame with their 94th straight home win.
NO. 8 RUTGERS 63, PITT 39: Khadijah Rushdan scored 14 for the visiting Scarlet Knights (14-2, 3-0 Big East), who have won five straight games.
NO. 7 DUKE: Sophomore guard Chloe Wells will miss the rest of the season and will not enroll in school for the spring semester because of a violation of an undisclosed university policy.