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Baylor Men End Kentucky's Home Winning Streak

LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 1, 2012) -- Baylor coach Scott Drew said his team has checked off a lot of firsts for the school the past several years.

The Bears checked off another on Saturday and helped provide Kentucky coach John Calipari with one of his own.

Pierre Jackson's 17 points led five Baylor players in double figures as the Bears beat the No. 8 Wildcats 64-55 in Rupp Arena.

The win snapped Kentucky's 55-game home winning streak, which was the nation's longest by 30 games before Saturday.

The Wildcats' last home loss was March 4, 2009 and the team was 54-0 at home under Calipari.

Before Saturday, Baylor (5-2) had never won a road game against a non-conference opponent ranked in the Top 25.

"We've broken about every first that we could at Baylor in the last four or five years," Drew said. "I think this is just another step for our program to further solidify - there's only six schools that have gone to two Elite Eights in the last three years, and I know we're blessed to have talented players who buy in to put the team first."

Freshman center Isaiah Austin, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds, said he wasn't intimidated by the 24,192 fans at Rupp Arena.

The 7-foot-1 center showed his all-around offensive game and spread his five made field goals evenly across the floor, including a 3-pointer and a critical 15-foot jumper from the elbow out of a timeout with 4:39 to play that killed one of several Kentucky comeback pushes.

"Man, this is the most fun game I've ever played in," Austin said. "Playing in Rupp, in front of their crowd, it gets you riled up. It makes your nerves tingle a little bit. You've just got to, when you get out there, take a deep breath, play and believe in your brothers next to you."

What helped Baylor most was its belief in the zone defense that created all kinds of problems for Kentucky (4-3). Down 17-9 in the first half, the Bears saw it become more effective against the Wildcats.

"We played zone defense," Drew said, "and I think in the past, last year when we played them we predominantly played the whole game in man defense and that didn't work out too well. So, we tried something different."

Baylor's payoff was a 25-12 run to close the half and a 34-29 halftime lead.

The Bears never trailed in the second half.

A.J. Walton also had 11 for Baylor. Cory Jefferson and Brady Heslip each added 10 for the Bears, who shot 41 percent but held Kentucky to 30 percent shooting - its lowest under coach John Calipari.

For Baylor, the game offered some revenge after Kentucky beat the Bears in last year's Elite Eight en route to its eighth national title.

"It means a lot to us," Jefferson said. "We played them last year in the Elite Eight; everybody knows that did not go so well. We used that as motivation. We watched the film on everything we did wrong and practiced all throughout the week to be prepared for what we had to do against Kentucky."


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