No. 9 Iowa State 87, No. 7 Baylor 72
DeAndre Kane had a season-high 30 points with nine assists, eight rebounds and five steals as host Iowa State rolled past Baylor, setting a school record with its 14th consecutive win.
Melvin Ejim added 18 points for the Cyclones (14-0, 2-0 Big 12). They outscored Baylor 47-34 in the second half and rolled to a surprisingly decisive win over a fellow Big 12 title contender.
Kane had 17 points in the first half, helping his struggling teammates take a two-point lead. The rest of the Cyclones got untracked early in the second half and blew past the Bears with a 28-12 run.
Gary Franklin and Brady Heslip both had 15 points for Baylor (12-2, 0-1), which saw its win streak snapped at six games.
Baylor couldn’t have asked for a tougher draw to open Big 12. The Cyclones had already beaten ranked teams Michigan and Iowa at home this season and entered play 39-3 in Ames since 2011-12.
The Bears hung around until early in the second half, when Iowa State slowly but surely overwhelmed yet another visitor.
The Cyclones pushed their lead to 63-51 as Kane, a senior transfer from Marshall, and Monte Morris answered what seemed like a momentum-killing 3 from Heslip with layups.
Taurean Prince was called for a flagrant foul on Kane with just under 10 minutes left. Kane hit both free throws, and Naz Long’s 3 put Iowa State ahead 68-54.
This was the first matchup of top 10 teams in Ames in 13 years.
It could end up having a huge say in the Big 12 title race.
Though Baylor and Iowa State were picked to finish behind Kansas and Oklahoma State, the prospect of the Bears and Cyclones competing for the league title suddenly looks a lot more realistic than it did in November.
The Jayhawks have already lost four times. The Cowboys dropped their Big 12 opener at Kansas State in their first game without center Michael Cobbins, who’s out for the season.
No. 16 Duke 79, Georgia Tech 57
Rodney Hood scored 15 of his 27 points in the second half, and host Duke beat Georgia Tech.
Quinn Cook added 13 points and slumping freshman Jabari Parker had 12 on 4-of-12 shooting for the Blue Devils (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Playing their first game outside the top 10 since November 2007, they spent half the night proving they deserved their drop before Hood helped them pull away for their 25th consecutive win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 18 points for the short-handed Yellow Jackets (9-6, 0-2), who shot 49 percent yet lost their second game in a row.
Duke had trouble getting any sort of separation until Hood hit 3-pointers 45 seconds apart down the stretch.
No. 25 Kansas State 65, TCU 47
Thomas Gipson scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Marcus Foster added 16 points to lead visiting Kansas State (12-3, 2-0) over TCU (9-5, 0-2) in a Big 12 game.
Kansas State built a 10-point lead at halftime and continued to increase the margin in the second half.