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WACO, Texas (AP) - Reserve Taurean Prince scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half, leading No. 9 Baylor to an 80-50 victory over Savannah State on Friday night.
Joshua Montgomery made four 3-pointers in the first half and scored 15 points for Savannah State (2-12).
Baylor improved to 25-9 in January since 2009-10. The Bears' only loss this season was to then No. 8 Syracuse in Hawaii in November.
Cory Jefferson (13 points) had his 42nd career double-figure scoring game (12th of season, career-high 11th straight and 19th in last 20 games), and Baylor is 34-8 all-time when he scores in double figures.
Jefferson's 3 blocks tied a season high and marked his 6th multi-block game of the season and 40th of his career - Baylor is 31-9 when Jefferson has multiple blocks in his career.
Rico Gathers (11 points) had his 8th career double-figure scoring game, 4th of the season and 4th in his last 5 games.
With 11 points, Isaiah Austin has scored in double figures in 7 of his last 8 games, 9 times this season and 36 times in his career -- Baylor is 27-9 when Austin scores double figures in his career.
Taurean Prince scored 15 points, it was his 7th career double figure game and 4th of the season.
Prince (15 points) led the team in scoring for the 1st time this season and 2nd time in his career - Baylor is 2-0 when Prince leads in scoring.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor outscored Savannah State in the paint, 40-16.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Taurean Prince is just a spark plug. He is off to another quick start off the Bu bench with 9 already-- Brenden Padilla (@Bpadilla3) January 4, 2014
"I'm excited about how we finished our non-conference schedule, but Big 12 play is special, and having the chance to go against Iowa State -- who hasn't lost a game yet -- we are excited and ready to go." - Baylor head coach Scott Drew
Baylor hits the road to open Big 12 play Tuesday, Jan. 7, against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. Tip is set for 6 p.m. CT., and the game will be televised on ESPN2.