WACO, Texas - Kenny Chery scored 14 points, Cory Jefferson had 13 points and 11 rebounds and No. 25 Baylor beat cold-shooting Colorado 72-60 in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
The final game of a season-opening tripleheader at the downtown Dallas home of the NBA's Mavericks featured last year's NIT champion in Baylor and a Colorado team coming off the school's first back-to-back trips to the NCAA tournament in 50 years.
Brady Heslip had 12 points, all on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, including one with a defender in his face that gave the Bears their biggest lead at 56-43 with 8:38 remaining.
Josh Scott had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Buffaloes, who shot 33 percent and went 2 of 19 from 3-point range.
Taurean Prince had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Bears.
Baylor's heralded frontcourt duo of Isaiah Austin and Jefferson helped the Bears pull away after a slow start.
Senior Cory Jefferson (13 points, 11 rebounds) had his 31st career double-figure scoring game - BU is 24-7 in those games.
Jefferson recorded his 12th career double-double - BU is 9-3 in those games.
Senior Brady Heslip (12 points; 4-of-6 3FGs) has hit at least one 3-point field goal in 66 of 75 career games, including 48 games with 2+ 3FGs, 34 games with 3+ treys and 19 games with 4+ 3-pointers.
Senior Gary Franklin (9 points; 3-of-6 3FGs) had his 4th game at Baylor with 3+ made 3-pointers.
Junior transfer Kenny Chery started at point guard in his Baylor debut - he led the Bears with 35 minutes played.
Chery (team-high 14 points) was the first Baylor player to reach double figures in the game.
Sophomore Taurean Prince (10 points, 8 rebounds) had his 4th career double-figure scoring game. He played only 18 minutes before fouling out.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor had 31 bench points compared to Colorado's eight.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Baylor plays its home opener Tuesday (Nov. 12) at 2 p.m. CT against South Carolina at the Ferrell Center.