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MBB Takes Down West Virginia, 88-75

Baylor Bears forward Cory Jefferson scored 15 points.

(18-9, 6-8) NR/NR
  1ST 2ND F
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Morgantwon, W.Va. • Attendance: 11,843

(15-12, 7-7) RV/RV

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Royce O'Neale enjoyed a career day and Baylor topped West Virginia 88-75 Saturday in a battle of Big 12 teams striving to make noise in front of the NCAA Tournament.

O'Neale scored 22 points, connecting on 8 of 8 field goal attempts, including 4 of 4 from long range. He entered the game at 6 points per game, and had two points in the last meeting between the teams. O'Neale was one of five players to score in double figures for Baylor (18-9, 6-8 Big 12).

Others included Isaiah Austin (19), Cory Jefferson (15), Kenny Chery (13) and Brady Heslip (12). It was Baylor's fourth consecutive league victory.

West Virginia (15-12, 7-7), lost for the third time in the last four games.

Eron Harris connected on 9 of 17 field goals, including 6 of 9 3-pointers, to finish with 32 points for WVU. Juwan Staten added 16 points.

• Baylor is on a 4-game winning streak, all of which are in Big 12 Conference play. The 4-game streak is the 2nd-longest single-season Big 12 streak in program history, trailing only the 5 straight Big 12 wins in January 1998.
• Baylor had a season-low 4 turnovers, none of which were committed by guards.
• Baylor had 9 assists and 0 turnovers in the 2nd half.
• All five Baylor starters scored in double figures.
Brady Heslip became the 27th player in Baylor history to reach 1,000 career points (9th of Drew era).
• Heslip (4-of-7 from 3-point range) had his 13th game this season (31st career) with 4+ made 3-pointers.
• Heslip is now shooting 53.3% from 3-point range in road games this season (32-of-60).
Royce O'Neale had season-highs with 22 points, 8 made field goals (8-of-8) and 4 made 3-pointers. His previous season high was 13 points, and his most in a Big 12 game was 10 points.
Cory Jefferson (15 points, 12 rebounds) had his 10th double-double of the season and 21st of his career (7th-most in BU history).
• Jefferson's double-double was his 3rd straight. He's averaging 20.3 points and 12.0 rebounds in those games.
• Jefferson (15 points) had his 21st double-figure scoring game this season 51st of his career (BU is 40-11 in those games).
Isaiah Austin (19 points) scored in double figures for the 5th straight game, 18th time this season and 45th in his career.
• Austin (7 blocks) had his 3rd straight game with 5+ blocks (6th this season).
Kenny Chery (13 points) scored in double figures for the 14th time this season (3rd straight).
• Chery had 7 assists and 0 turnovers in 32 minutes - it was his most assists in a game without a turnover this season.

Baylor outscored West Virginia in the paint, 38-12.


Baylor travels to Austin, Texas, to take on Texas Wednesday (Feb. 26) at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU.



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