Aug. 13, 2011
TORONTO - Sophomores Brady Heslip and Perry Jones III teamed up again for two more 20-point performances in Saturday's nightcap, leading Baylor to a 93-71 win over the Ryerson Rams. Baylor improved to 2-1 on its foreign tour.
"Toronto is a great city and the people have been really kind and hospitable to us," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "Basketball in Canada is on the uptick and with the two games Saturday, the atmosphere was unbelievable."
Heslip, who had 20 points and five treys in Baylor's first game Saturday, finished with a game-high 28 points and six 3-pointers against Ryerson. Jones III put together another dominant performance, scoring 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
"The one thing that is under appreciated at times with Brady is his competitive nature," Drew said. "He talks on defense, hates to lose, feeds the post and plays off the pick-and-roll well. He does more than just shoot the ball; being such a good shooter allows the floor to be spaced out more for our post players."
A.J. Walton dished out five assists and added three steals, while Deuce Bello swiped a team-best five steals. Baylor finished the night shooting 56 percent (35-of-63) from the floor, while holding Ryerson to 43 percent (25-of-58).
A crowd of nearly 600 fans, including many Baylor faithful, were in attendance as Ryerson hosted its first NCAA Division I program since 2008. Ryerson was led by three players in double figures - Bjorn Michaelsen (18), Jordon Gauthier (16) and Aaron Best (13).
All 10 Baylor players that suited up against Ryerson scored. Baylor used a rotation of three point guards - Heslip, Walton and Pierre Jackson. All three started Saturday night.
"One thing about this team is that we have tremendous depth across the board," Drew said. "We have a lot of different options and that will allow us to rotate fresh bodies. Having different options is a good thing."
Baylor was scheduled to play Canada's Senior Men's National Team in its final game of its foreign tour Monday. However, the Bears will play a different team to be determined Monday at 7 p.m. CDT at Ryerson University.
Follow the Official Twitter feed of Baylor Basketball, @BaylorMBB.