WACO, Texas - Kenny Chery scored 20 points and had four assists, helping lead No. 23 Baylor to an 87-68 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette at home Sunday in an opening-round game of the Maui Invitational.
Chery's 3-pointer capped an early 15-5 run that put the Bears (3-0) ahead to stay after their sluggish start. Also in the spurt, he also had a jumper and an assist on the first of several impressive slam dunks by Cory Jefferson.
Brady Heslip added 19 points in his 22 minutes while Jefferson finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Isaiah Austin had eight points on just 3-of-9 shooting, but had six rebounds and eight blocked shots.
Elfrid Payton had 20 points and Shawn Long 16 to lead the Ragin' Cajuns (2-2). Both came in averaging more than 21 a game.
Baylor extended its winning streak to 8 games - tied for the nation's 2nd-longest active streak and is the 8th-longest in BU history.
Baylor extended its home winning streak to 6 games - one shy of the 10th-longest in Ferrell Center history.
With 10 rebounds, Cory Jefferson notched his 14th career double digit rebounding game - BU is 11-3 in those games.
With 16 points, Jefferson notched his 32nd career double digit scoring game - BU is 25-7 in those games.
With 16 points and 10 rebounds, Jefferson had his 13th career double-double - BU is 10-3 in those games.
With 2 blocks, Jefferson had his 35th game with 2 or more blocks - BU is 26-9 in those games.
Senior Brady Heslip (19 points; 2-of-5 3FGs) has hit at least one 3-point field goal in 68 of 77 career games, including 50 games with 2+ 3FGs, 35 games with 3+ treys, 20 games with 4+ 3-pointers and nine games with 5+ threes.
With 19 points, Heslip now has 37 games of scoring double figures in his career - Baylor is 30-7 in those games.
Heslip's 7 free throws made set a career high while his 7 attempts tied a career high.
Sophomore Isaiah Austin (8 blocks) had his 19th career game with 2+ blocks - Baylor is 15-4 in those games.
Austin tied a single-game career high with 5 blocks in the first half - he finished the game with a new career high of 8 blocks, which are tied for the sixth most in single-game BU history. The blocks are the most since Ekpe Udoh had 9 against Arkansas on Dec. 30, 2009.
Freshman Kenny Chery scored a team- and season-high 20 points and has scored double figures while leading the team in scoring in two of his first three games with Baylor. He's the first BU player to score 20 or more points this season.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor outscored ULL 36-13 in bench points and is now 103-56 when doing so in the Drew era.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"Since Day One that he got here, he's been very diligent, very coachable, and not tried to do too much. He's a great teammate." - Baylor head coach Scott Drew on Kenny Chery
Baylor plays at home again Wednesday night, against Charleston Southern at 6 p.m. CT, before traveling 3,700 miles to Maui.