Baylor Bear Insider
Only some months faraway from a season-ending ACL surgical procedure, Langston Love was in avenue garments on the bench when 10th-ranked Baylor knocked off No. 5 Kansas, 80-70, final February.
This time, the Bears in all probability do not win it with out him.
With bookend three-point performs in a 12-3 run after No. 9 Kansas took its solely lead of the sport, Love scored all 11 of his factors within the second half and helped No. 10 Baylor (15-5, 5-3 ) handed 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 Heart.
“Within the second half, I simply felt like I let the sport come to me a little bit 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 bought his first factors of the sport when he transformed a three-point play to place the Bears again on prime, 48-46. Utilizing his power from him, Love made a troublesome turnaround jumper via contact after which hit the comply with free throw with 14:33 left within the recreation.
“For some time there, he simply wasn’t transferring rather well,” stated Baylor coach Scott Drew, whose group 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 an even bigger guard for us.”
Ending a 12-3 drive, 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 comply with free throw to increase the result in 62-53, then not less than slowed down the Jayhawks’ 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’ll maintain going and maintain doing what I can do.”
With the remainder of the group combining to hit simply 5-of-23 (21.7%) within the second half, Love’s manufacturing was “large,” stated Flagler, certainly one of Baylor’s 4 double-figure scorers with 11 factors.
“He is able to step up every time his title known as,” Flagler stated, “and we imagine in him extremely. We weren’t shocked 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 kind of performs when he snuffed out a lob try by the Jayhawks.
“He simply needed to be energetic. Langston is a superb athlete,” Drew stated. “His explosiveness of him and his motor of him has been in a position to get loads higher after the primary couple weeks of the season.”
In fact, 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 sizzling 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 group recreation. Everyone’s going to go to have it going any completely different evening, so every 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 going through Arkansas (13-6) at 3 pm Saturday within the Massive 12/SEC Problem on the Ferrell Heart.
“Any days we are able to get a break, and get our legs again underneath 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.”