WACO, Texas (Ticker) -- Jeff Hawkins stepped outside to give No. 7 Kansas an unlikely boost and get his club back in the win column.
Hawkins made all five of his 3-point attempts and scored a season-high 15 points as Kansas coasted to an 86-66 victory over Baylor with a record-setting performance from behind the arc.
"I felt like anything I put up was going to go in tonight," Hawkins said.
The Jayhawks (15-1, 5-0 Big 12) suffered their first loss this season Saturday, allowing unranked Villanova to make 12 3-pointers in an 83-62 rout. In their return to conference play, they were the ones doing the damage from long range.
Hawkins played just 13 minutes but was the major player in Kansas' school-record 16-of-27 performance from 3-point range. The Jayhawks broke their old mark of 15 set in 1994 at North Carolina State.
"Jeff Hawkins was great tonight," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "He has hung in it all year and has a great attitude."
"I knew that if I kept my head and played hard at practice I would be ready for an opportunity like I had tonight," Hawkins said.
After Wayne Simien's nine points helped the Jayhawks race out to a 21-10 lead, Hawkins got it going from outside. He hit his first two 3-pointers in a span of 59 seconds and added a third later in the half to give Kansas a 41-26 lead at the break.
A 5-11 sophomore, Hawkins kicked off a 15-5 run in the second half with his fifth from behind the arc. Simien's layup capped the surge and gave the Jayhawks their largest lead, 81-57, with 5:05 left.
"I noticed a change in attitude, they seemed to be a refocused group," said Self of his Kansas club which never trailed. "The loss to Villanova made this a very big game to our guys and I thought we came out and played accordingly."
Simien scored 18 points and Keith Langford added 17, making history with Kansas' 16th 3-pointer with 1:52 remaining.
"We are a team that is good enough to take away one or the other - we can take the inside away or the outside," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "Tonight I think you saw what happens when a team is on fire from (3-point range)."
Aaron Bruce, a freshman who entered the game ranked seventh in the Big 12 in scoring with a 16.1 average, scored 23 points for the Bears (9-7, 1-4).
Tommy Swanson added 17 but Baylor shot just 35 percent (17-of-48) and lost for the fourth time in six games.
The Bears had just eight assists against 15 turnovers.
"They have great shooters on their team," Swanson said. "We could have done a better job on testing those shots. We also started off the second half with 10 turnovers and when you play against a top 10 team, you can't make those mistakes."