Baylor hands No. 8 Kentucky a second straight loss
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Pierre Jackson had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals, as the Baylor Bears took down eighth-ranked Kentucky, 64-55, and ending the Wildcats' 54-game winning streak at Rupp Arena.
Isaiah Austin and A.J. Walton added 11 points apiece for the Bears (5-2), who avenged a loss to these Wildcats in the Elite Eight of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. With Saturday's victory, Baylor improved to 1-7 all-time against Kentucky.
Brady Heslip and Cory Jefferson each tallied 10 points for the Bears, who recorded the school's first non-conference road win against a ranked opponent.
Archie Goodwin ended with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Wildcats (4-3), who failed to bounce back from a loss to Notre Dame on Thursday.
Trailing by eight, 17-9, just prior to the midway point of the first half, Baylor went on an 11-2 run to take the lead. Jefferson's slam started the clip and Jackson's 3-pointer ended it to give the Bears a 20-19 edge.
Kentucky briefly went back in front before Baylor went on a 7-0 flurry. Jefferson's two free throws, Heslip's 3-pointer and Walton's layup made it a 29-26 contest with two minutes to go.
Heslip added a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Bears a 34-29 margin at the break.
The Wildcats cut their deficit to three with a 6-0 spurt midway through the second half. Goodwin's free throw and slam was followed by Julius Mays' 3- pointer, cutting the gap to 49-46 with 8:23 left.
Jackson responded with a three-point play. He added two free throws with four minutes remaining to make it a 60-52 contest.
Kentucky never got closer than five the rest of the way.
Baylor shot 40.7 percent from the field and went 14-of-18 from the foul line ... Kentucky made 29.6 percent of its shots and went 9-of-18 from the charity stripe ... Alex Poythress had 13 points for the Wildcats.