Waco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenny Chery hit a jumper from the right wing with 4.7 seconds remaining to lift No. 22 Baylor to a 74-73 win over 11th- ranked Iowa State.
The Bears were red-hot at the start of the game, but a sizeable lead evaporated and they fell behind for the first time at 68-67 on a Georges Niang jumper with 1:54 left.
Johnathan Motley made a putback off a Chery miss to give Baylor a 72-70 lead with 27 seconds remaining. Bryce Dejean-Jones' 3-pointer from the left corner preceded Chery's go-ahead basket.
"That's exactly what we were looking for. That was the play coach (Scott Drew) wanted us to execute. It worked pretty well," Chery said.
The Bears prevailed when Niang missed a contested runner from just inside the arc.
Royce O'Neale scored 15 points and Rico Gathers added 14 with 15 rebounds for Baylor (13-3, 2-2 Big 12). Motley also had 14 points in addition to seven boards and four assists, while Chery finished with 13 points.
Naz Long led four Iowa State scorers in double figures with 19 points. Monte Morris came close to a triple-double, posting 11 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Cyclones (12-3, 2-1).
Baylor opened the game on a 16-1 run thanks to four shots from long distance and led 22-5 when Taurean Prince buried a 3-pointer, the sixth by the Bears in the game's opening six minutes.
"For whatever reason, we weren't very good out of the locker room tonight, and especially on the road, you need to get off to better starts," said Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg.
Iowa State began to chip away and was within two at 34-32 after Long made a layup with 6:03 remaining. Baylor ended the half on a 12-2 surge and went into the break up 46-34 after Lester Medford and O'Neale drained consecutive threes.
The Bears were up by as many as 15 in the second half before the Cyclones stormed back.
Baylor has won 10 of the 12 all-time meetings against Iowa State in Waco ... Dejean-Jones had 14 points and Niang added 10 ... The Bears held a 44-32 rebounding advantage.