AMES, Iowa — Iowa State star Deonte Burton often takes shots that his coaches wish he wouldn’t.
On Saturday, he made one that Baylor wished he hadn’t taken.
With a potential win over a top 10 opponent slipping away, Burton banked in the biggest basket of his career.
Burton scored 22 points, including a crucial 3 off the glass with just over a minute left, and Iowa State beat No. 9 Baylor, 72-69, on Saturday for its fifth straight win.
“I don’t know if he called glass on that one. But it was definitely the biggest play of the game,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said.
Added Baylor forward Johnathan Motley: “I couldn’t believe it.”
The loss was the fifth in the last eight games for Baylor (23-6, 10-6), who opened the month of February with just one loss on the season. Of course, a defeat in Ames is nothing to be ashamed of – Iowa State has beaten four of its past six top 10 opponents at home.
Monte Morris had 17 points with seven assists for the Cyclones (19-9, 11-5 Big 12), who have their longest winning streak in league play since a seven-game stretch in 2005.
It was a back-and-forth matchup for over 30 minutes, with nine lead changes and 13 ties. But consecutive 3s from Donovan Jackson and Morris gave Iowa State a 56-51 lead with 6:50 left.
Motley made it 62-61 on a dunk with 1:48 to go. But with the shot clock about to expire, Burton knocked down that 3 from the top of the key to help end Baylor’s five-game winning streak against Iowa State.
“The bank was open,” Burton said. “It was just the heat of the moment. I got blessed.”
Baylor, which followed with a turnover forced by Iowa State pressure, eventually pulled within three with 4.3 seconds left before King McLure’s contested 3 at the buzzer failed to find the rim.
Motley had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Baylor (23-6, 10-6), which dominated the Cyclones in second-chance points, 26-2, and on the boards, 37-17.
Baylor had more offensive rebounds (20) than Iowa State had total boards (17). But Iowa State shot 58 percent from the field, was 8 of 15 on 3s and 12 of 15 from the line.
“This team is peaking,” Morris said. “We trust in each other ... (and) winning five games in a row in this league isn’t easy if you don’t trust each other.”
Al Freeman scored 17 points for Baylor, knocking down all five of his 3-point attempts. But fellow guard Manu Lecomte had a rough outing, as he shot just 0-for-3 and ended up scoreless.
The Bears will quickly return to the court on Monday, as they host West Virginia for Senior Day. Tipoff time is 6 p.m.
Baylor will close out the regular season next Saturday at Texas.