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Kansas holds on for win over Baylor

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It's a storyline that's become both very familiar and tiresome for the Kansas Jayhawks. Once again, KU struggled mightily with a lesser opponent in Lawrence, and once again they found a way to come out victorious.

Unlike in recent home wins over Iowa State and Kansas State, this game actually felt very much in control for most of the night. Though Kansas never blew the game wide open, they never trailed through the first 34 minutes. Baylor took the lead with 5:35 to go after Svi Mykhailiuk fouled a three point shooter, and things only got worse from there. Baylor pushed the lead to six with just over two minutes remaining, and it seemed that Kansas' recent run of late game victories may have come to an end.

Enter Malik Newman. Newman would score seven straight points off a three, a fast break, and two clutch free throws. After two missed free throws by Udoka Azubuike, Baylor had a chance to win as time ran down, but their runner was off the mark, and Devonte Graham would grab the rebound and hit two free throws to salt it away. The Jayhawks won 70-67.

Newman led all scorers with 24, while Graham added 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Azubuike scored 14, but hit just four of 11 attempts from the line. The Jayhawks are now 6-1 in conference play, with a big matchup with Oklahoma in Norman looming Tuesday night.