Baylor Bear Insider
Just a few months faraway from a season-ending ACL surgical procedure, Langston Love was in road garments on the bench when 10th-ranked Baylor knocked off No. 5 Kansas, 80-70, final February.
This time, the Bears most likely do not win it with out him.
With bookend three-point performs in a 12-3 run after Kansas took its solely lead of the sport, Love scored all 11 of his factors within the second half and helped No. 17 Baylor (15-5, 5-3) hand the ninth-ranked Jayhawks (16-4, 5-3) their third-straight loss, 75-69, Monday evening earlier than a near-sellout crowd of 10,219 on the Ferrell Middle.
“Within the second half, I simply felt like I let the sport come to me somewhat extra,” stated Love, who was 3-of-5 within the second half, together with 1-of-2 from 3-point vary. “And my teammates put me in nice positions to receive advantages on the defenders. That is all it was.”
Scoreless within the first half, the 6-5 redshirt freshman guard received his first factors of the sport when he transformed a three-point play to place the Bears again on prime, 48-46. Utilizing his energy from him, Love made a tricky turnaround jumper by contact after which hit the observe free throw with 14:33 left within the recreation.
“For some time there, he simply wasn’t shifting very well,” stated Baylor coach Scott Drew, whose workforce recorded its fifth win in a row and third-straight in opposition to Kansas in Waco. “Now, he is getting much more athletic. As you noticed on his drives from him, he can end, he can elevate and we want that, as a result of he is a much bigger guard for us.”
Ending off a 12-3 run, Love took a move from Adam Flagler and knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing to present Baylor a 57-49 lead. He made one other three-point play on a layup and observe free throw to increase the result in 62-53, then no less than slowed down the Jayhawks’ late rally with a pair of free throws.
“When you see one undergo, you are feeling like each (shot) is meant to undergo,” stated Langston, who recorded his eighth double-digit recreation of the season. “It was simply nice to see one undergo. After that, I stated, I will maintain going and maintain doing what I can do.”
With the remainder of the workforce combining to hit simply 5-of-23 (21.7%) within the second half, Love’s manufacturing was “enormous,” stated Flagler, one in every of Baylor’s 4 double-figure scorers with 11 factors.
“He is able to step up each time his title is named,” Flagler stated, “and we consider in him extremely. We weren’t stunned when he went on the market and did what he did.”
Love, who had scored 11 factors mixed in his earlier 4 video games, stated he’s “simply attempting to make performs with out the ball, whether or not it is on offense or protection.”
Within the first half, he made a type of performs when he snuffed out a lob try by the Jayhawks.
“He simply needed to be lively. Langston is a superb athlete,” Drew stated. “His explosiveness of him and his motor of him has been capable of get lots higher after the primary couple weeks of the season.”
After all, within the first half, Love was simply extra of an observer. flagler L.J. Cryer scored 19 and 10 factors, respectively, in serving to the Bears take a 41-34 halftime lead, with Cryer draining 5 3-pointers.
“After they’re scorching like that, we have got to get them the ball,” Love stated. “We have got to do our greatest to seek out them, as a result of it is a workforce recreation. Everyone’s going to go to have it going any completely different evening, so each time that participant goes, we have got to get him the ball.”
After grinding out 5 wins in 13 days, together with three within the final week, the Bears will get a four-day break earlier than dealing with Arkansas (13-6) at 3 pm Saturday within the Large 12/SEC Problem on the Ferrell Middle.
“Any days we will get a break, and get our legs again beneath us, these are nice days for us,” Love stated. “We attempt to go 1-0 every day, whether or not that is restoration, observe, something. So, these are nice days for us.”