Ames, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - A 3-point barrage helped Baylor win its first ever game in Ames and spoil Iowa State's chance to square things up atop the Big 12.
Taurean Prince nailed four of Baylor's 14 3-pointers and scored 20 points as the 19th-ranked Bears defeated the 12th-ranked Cyclones 79-70 on Wednesday night.
The Bears, who came in second in the Big 12 in 3-point shooting at 37 percent, finished 14-of-26 (53.8 percent) from beyond the arc.
"At the end of the day, making shots really helps," Baylor coach Scott Drew said.
Kenny Chery had 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while Lester Medford went 4-of-5 from long distance and netted 12 points for Baylor (21-7, 9-6 Big 12), which has won three straight.
The Bears had been 0-12 all-time in Ames coming into the contest.
Jameel McKay posted 21 points and eight rebounds, while Georges Niang added 14 points and six boards for the Cyclones (20-7, 10-5), who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
"We just didn't stick together as a team, we stopped communicating and lost our togetherness," McKay said.
A win for the Cyclones would've tied them with Kansas atop the conference. There's now a three-way tie with West Virginia, Iowa State and Oklahoma for second place instead.
After Matt Thomas' jumper staked the Cyclones to a 64-57 advantage with 7:50 remaining, Prince nailed three of Baylor's five triples during a 15-2 run to put the Bears in front.
Prince knocked down consecutive treys to cap the surge for a 72-66 Baylor margin with 4:43 left.
The Cyclones never got within less than four the rest of the way.
Earlier, Baylor was up 40-37 at the break.
Neither team led by more than five points for the first 30 minutes until Iowa State used a 9-3 swing build its 64-57 cushion.
Baylor held Iowa State to just four points in the final 6:26 ... The Cyclones still lead the all-time series between the schools 17-12 ... The Bears are the first team to win in Ames since Kansas in 2012 ... Thomas finished with 13 points.