Men's Hoops Cruises in Season Opener

Nov. 11, 2006

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WACO, Texas - Underclassmen continue to lead the way for the Baylor men's basketball team as sophomore forward Kevin Rogers led the Bears with a career high 21 points and eight rebounds, shooting 9-of-12 from the field in a 90-65 victory over Angelo State University Saturday night at the Ferrell Center.

"I was very happy with our guard play because they had a good turnover ratio," head coach Scott Drew said. "Our fast break was good once we got more defensive stops in the second half. We played much more fundamental defense in the second half."

As the first regular season games for both teams, Baylor moves to 1-0 on the season and Angelo State falls to 0-1.

Baylor senior forward Tim Bush added 17 points and shot six-of-seven from the floor including three-of-three from behind the arc. Senior guard Aaron Bruce had 11 points, six rebounds, and six assists while sophomore guard Henry Dugat added 11 points in the victory. Freshman center Josh Lomers, starting in the place of injured sophomore center Mamadou Diene, had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Angelo State junior center Marcus Hubbard led all scorers with 29 points and six rebounds, and former Baylor guard Turner Phipps added 17 points for the Rams, including four-for-four from behind the arc. As a team, the Rams made 11-of-23 (47.8 percent) shots from three-point range.

The Bears opened up the second half with a 21-6 run to take a 69-43 lead midway through the second half. The Bears led 48-37 at halftime and shot 21-of-31 (67.7 percent) from the field in the first half while holding the Rams to 11-of-25 (44.0 percent) shooting. Baylor finished the game shooting 35-of-56 (62.5 percent), the best percentage since shooting 62.3 percent in their 90-64 defeat of Missouri on February 7, 2006.

The young Baylor squad has now been led in scoring by underclassmen in 41 of the past 46 games dating back to the 2004-2005 season.

Baylor plays Colorado State in their next contest Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Spokane, Wash.



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