Mitchell 33 for No. 2 Baylor in 107-59 rout over K-State

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WACO, Texas (AP) Davion Mitchell made seven 3-pointers while scoring a career-high 31 points, MaCio Teague added 18 points and No. 2 Baylor got another lopsided victory over Kansas State, 107-59 on Wednesday night.

After last month becoming the first opponent since 1992 to score 100 points at Kansas State in a 31-point victory, the Bears (15-0, 8-0 Big 12) jumped out to a 31-point lead in the first 11 1/2 minutes in the rematch. Teague already had 11 points with three 3-pointers, and Wildcats coach Bruce Weber had already used two of his timeouts by then.

Mitchell, whose previous career high had been 20 against Kansas State in the Dec. 19 game, finished 12-of-16 shooting, including 7-of-9 beyond the arc. His five assists included a pass to Matthew Mayer for a layup that made it 36-5. Only seconds after that, Mitchell had a steal that led to a short jumper by Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua to cap Baylor's second run of 18 consecutive points already in the game. The Bears had another 18-0 run in the second half.

Jared Butler added 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Mayer had 10 points for Baylor, which hadn't scored 100 points twice against an opponent in the same season since 1978-79 against TCU. It was the Bears' second-largest margin of victory ever in a Big 12 game.

Nijel Pack had 11 points to lead Kansas State (5-12, 1-8), which has lost its last eight games.

Baylor would have had a 31-point halftime lead if not for Antonio Gordon's 3-pointer to end the first half, a shot from more than half court that he banked in after picking up a loose ball that Butler lost.

That buzzer-beater got the Wildcats within 54-26, then they opened the second half with a 6-2 run. But they never got closer. Baylor then had its third 18-0 run in the game with Mark Vital and Mitchell both scoring eight points in that five-minute spurt.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State: The Wildcats, who still lead the overall series 23-22, have trailed by at least 16 points in each of their last four meetings with Baylor. They haven't taken a lead in any of those games.

Baylor: The Bears keep rolling with their 15-0 start matching 2016-17 for their most consecutive wins to start a season. The school record was 17 in row to start the 2011-12 season. They have also won eight Big 12 games in row, the second-longest streak - they won 13 conference games in a row two seasons ago.

UP NEXT

Kansas State hosts Texas A&M on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Baylor is home for its Big 12/SEC Challenge game Saturday against Auburn, the team Mitchell played 34 games for as a freshman in 2017-18 before his transfer.

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