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Kansas ends Baylor's run

LAWRENCE, Kan. — T-Rob and Tyshawn gave Baylor more than it could handle, and Kansas more than enough.

Thomas Robinson had 27 points and 14 rebounds, Tyshawn Taylor matched a career high with 28 points and the seventh-ranked Jayhawks rolled to a 92-74 victory Monday night, ending the third-ranked Bears' perfect start and proving once more that the road to the Big 12 title goes through Kansas.

Travis Releford and Elijah Johnson added 11 points each for the Jayhawks (15-3, 5-0), who won their 16th straight at Allen Fieldhouse and 10th in a row at home over the Bears. Kansas is 17-2 against them all-time.

A trendy pick to end the Jayhawks' seven-year stranglehold on the conference, Baylor (17-1, 4-1) had been riding the longest winning streak in school history to its best start ever.

It came undone in one of college basketball's top venues.

Perry Jones III scored 18, Quincy Miller 17 and Quincy Acy 14, but the long and lean Bears were dominated in the paint and had no answer for the combination of Robinson and Taylor, one of the best inside-outside tandems in the nation.

Robinson, a national player of the year candidate, overpowered the Baylor front line with an array of rim-rattling dunks and short-range jumpers. Taylor hit four 3-pointers and doled out six assists in another stellar all-around performance.

The outcome left No. 1 Syracuse and No. 12 Murray State as the only undefeated teams in Division I.

Facing its fourth top-10 opponent of the season, the veteran Jayhawks swarmed the younger Bears with pressure from the opening tip, making life miserable on both ends of the court.

Robinson provided the early boost, scoring eight of his 12 first-half points within six minutes. The run included a one-handed dunk off an alley-oop feed from Taylor that generated a roar inside Allen Fieldhouse.

NO. 1 SYRACUSE 71, PITT 63: Dion Waiters had 16 points and Scoop Jardine 12 points and 10 assists for the host Orange (20-0, 7-0 Big East), which set a school record for consecutive victories to start a season and gave coach Jim Boeheim win No. 876, tying him with Kentucky's Adolph Rupp for fourth place all-time in Division I. North Carolina's Dean Smith is third with 879.

NO. 5 MISSOURI 70, TEXAS A&M 51: Reserve Michael Dixon had 18 points and helped spark a 17-0 first-half run as the host Tigers (17-1, 4-1 Big 12) snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Aggies.

NO. 21 MARQUETTE 74, NO. 23 LOUISVILLE 63: Darius Johnson-Odom scored 19 and DaVante Gardner added 17 points and six rebounds for the host Golden Eagles (15-4, 4-2), who won their third straight Big East game. The Cardinals (14-5, 2-4) have lost three of their past four conference games.

IOWA: Athletic director Gary Barta said coach Fran McCaffery went too far when he slammed a chair to the court during last week's blowout loss at Michigan State. He added in a statement that he completely supports the second-year coach.

AP POLL: Illinois moved in at No. 22 and Saint Mary's, Calif., at No. 24, its first appearance this season. Gonzaga and Seton Hall dropped out. Syracuse was a runaway No. 1 for the sixth straight week.

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NO. 3 UCONN 86, NO. 24 UNC 35: Bria Hartley had 17 points as the host Huskies (15-2) handed the Tar Heels (12-5) the worst loss in school history.

NO. 8 MARYLAND 68, VIRGINIA 61: Laurin Mincy scored 20, and the host Terrapins (17-1, 4-1 ACC) bounced back from their first loss of the season.

AP POLL: No. 23 Kansas State entered for the first time since the final poll of 2009, and Penn State rejoined the poll at No. 22. Gonzaga and South Carolina dropped out a week after entering. Baylor remained the unanimous No. 1.

Kansas ends Baylor's run 01/16/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 12:16am]
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