WACO, Texas - Brady Heslip scored 18 points with five 3-pointers and No. 23 Baylor held on for a 66-64 victory over South Carolina, without making a field goal in the final 7 minutes and having to wait out a lengthy review after the final buzzer Tuesday before officials determined there wasn't yet another foul in the game.
South Carolina (1-1) was desperately trying to get a tying basket, and the ball was still being batted around when the buzzer sounded at the same time a referee blew a whistle for an apparent foul. The referees reviewed the video before declaring the game was over.
The Gamecocks didn't score again after Sindarius Thornwell penetrated around 7-foot-1 Isaiah Austin with 4:20 left to tie the game at 64. Thornwell had 20 points.
The game was plagued by 55 fouls, and Baylor held on while shooting only 51 percent on free throws.
Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew earned his 200th career win (180th at BU)
Baylor is now 10-1 in home openers under Drew.
Baylor extended its winning streak to 7 games - the nation's 3rd-longest active streak.
Senior Brady Heslip (18 points; 5-of-10 3FGs) has hit at least one 3-point field goal in 67 of 76 career games, including 49 games with 2+ 3FGs, 35 games with 3+ treys, 20 games with 4+ 3-pointers and nine games with 5+ threes.
With 18 points, Heslip now has 36 games of scoring double figures in his career - Baylor is 29-7 in those games
With 12 rebounds, sophomore Taurean Prince now has two career games with double figure boards.
Sophomore Isaiah Austin (3 blocks) had his 18th career game with 2+ blocks - Baylor is 14-4 in those games.
With 14 points, Austin had his 28th career double-figure scoring game - Baylor is 20-8 in those games.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor out-rebounded South Carolina 46-35 - the Bears are 66-17 in the Drew era when recording 40+ rebounds.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I didn't really get much space, the guys just did a great job of finding me when I had just a little bit of space, and I was able to get a few shots off." - Brady Heslip
Baylor hosts Louisiana-Lafayette at 4 p.m. CT Sunday (Nov. 17) at the Ferrell Center.