AMES, Iowa – Iowa State will head into its first road swing of the season below .500 in the Big 12.
This is hardly the start coach Steve Prohm and the Cyclones were looking for.
Johnathan Motley had a career-high 27 points and added 13 rebounds to help Baylor upset No. 13 Iowa State 94-89 on Saturday, handing the Cyclones their first home loss of the season.
Taurean Prince had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears (12-3, 2-1 Big 12), who rallied from 11 down in the second half to beat the Cyclones on the road for the second year in a row.
Iowa State can't afford to wallow in defeat, though, not with trips to Texas and Kansas State set for next week.
"We got punched in the mouth. We've got to do a better job of responding," Iowa State's Georges Niang said. "I think we can learn from this and move forward."
Still, Iowa State pulled to 80-76 before Prince hit a baseline jumper with 1:17 to go. Al Freeman's free throws with 12 seconds left clinched Baylor's biggest win of the season.
Niang scored 22 points and Monte Morris had 21 for Iowa State (12-3, 1-2), which has lost two of three after an 11-1 start.
Last season, the Bears used a late run to stun the Cyclones and end their 21-game home winning streak.
Baylor did it again Saturday, taking hold of a game Iowa State appeared to have control over.
"We never let the game get out of reach," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "That experience playing quality teams on the road helped."
Abdel Nader had 20 points for Iowa State.