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MBB Drops Canada Opener to Belgium, 81-69

Coach Scott Drew diagrams a play during a timeout.

Aug. 12, 2011

TORONTO – Despite applying heavy defensive pressure for 40 minutes, Baylor was unable to overcome Belgium’s outside shooting and transition game, falling 81-69 Friday at Kerr Hall on the Ryerson University campus.

Baylor pulled to within one, 50-49, in the third quarter before Belgium closed the game on a 32-19 run in the final 12 minutes. The Bears trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half before Belgium took a 35-32 lead at halftime.

The biggest difference this week for Baylor will be playing FIBA (International Basketball Federation) rules, which are a change from NCAA playing rules. Among the differences are the use of a trapezoid lane (rather than rectangular) and 24-second shot clock.

“We like to play fast and get up and down the court quickly, but a 24-second shot clock is something we need to adjust to,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. “The way we’ve approached this trip is to not focus too much on the international rules. We are more focused on us getting better as team.

“Pierre (Jackson), Deuce (Bello) and Brady (Heslip) all played their first collegiate games Friday and it gave them a chance to get out on the court and see what they can do,” Drew said. “That’s our goal for this trip.”

Sophomore Perry Jones III led all scorers with 23 points, going 10-of-21 from the floor and 2-of-4 from 3-point range. Jones III also added six rebounds, but did commit a team-high six turnovers. Junior college transfer Pierre Jackson added 11 points and a team-best nine assists, while redshirt sophomore Cory Jefferson chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

“All the hard work Cory put in during his redshirt season last year has showed and it carried over to Canada,” Drew said. “He definitely took advantage of his year away and our strength coach Charlie (Melton) did a great job improving his body.”

Senior Fred Ellis scored eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, while guards A.J. Walton and Brady Heslip each added six points. Walton also added seven assists, two steals and four rebounds. Heslip, a native of nearby Burlington, Ontario, trained with Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team early this summer. Many of his family members were in attendance, including his dad Tom Heslip, who was an All-Canadian player at the University of Guelph.

“We are working on some different things – both offensively and defensively – on this trip,” Drew said. “We’ll get a feel for those things and adapt them to our style of play when October practice starts.

“Everyone will have a chance to play,” Drew said. “We want to see what the guys have done over the summer. No one is really in game shape either after only logging 10 practices so we don’t want anyone to get hurt either.”

Baylor was without the services of three players that are expected to make significant contributions in 2011-12 – senior Quincy Acy, sophomore Gary Franklin and freshman Quincy Miller. Acy sat out Friday’s game with tendonitis; Franklin (ineligible until end of fall 2011 semester) and Miller (awaiting final paperwork to clear NCAA Clearinghouse) did not travel with the team to Canada.

Baylor will return to the Ryerson University campus Saturday to face the Canadian Juniors squad at Noon CDT (1 p.m. EDT), followed by a matchup against the host Ryerson Rams at 7:30 p.m. CDT (8:30 p.m. EDT). Free live video for the Baylor-Ryerson game will be available at

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Van Rossom 15, Hervelle 12, Mbenga 12, Lauwers 11, Beghin 10, Tabu 8, Faison 5, Mwema 5, Van Den Spiegel 3.
Jones III 23, Jackson 11, Jefferson 10, Ellis 8, Heslip 6, Walton 6, Jones 4, Bello 1.

Field Goals: Baylor 26-68 (Jones III 10-21, Jefferson 5-9, Ellis 4-7, Jackson 4-15, Jones 2-5, Heslip 2-8, Walton 1-2, Bello 0-1), Belgium 27-56 (Hervelle 6-9, Van Rossom 5-6, Mbenga 4-5, Lauwers 4-9, Tabu 3-5, Beghin 3-7, Mwema 1-3, Van Den Spiegel 1-3, Faison 1-10).
3-Point Field Goals: Baylor 5-17 (Jones III 2-4, Heslip 2-7, Jackson 1-3, Bello 0-1, Jefferson 0-1, Jones 0-1), Belgium 8-19.
Free Throws: Baylor 8-12 (Walton 4-4, Jackson 2-2, Jones III 1-2, Bello 1-4), Belgium 17-20.
Rebounds (Off-Def):
Baylor 31 (14-17), Belgium 35 (15-20). Assists: Baylor 21, Belgium 14. Turnovers: Baylor 21, Belgium 19. Steals: Baylor 12, Belgium 7.
Halftime: Belgium 35, Baylor 32.



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