WACO, Texas - Cory Jefferson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double already this season and Isaiah Austin also scored 16 points as No. 20 Baylor beat Charleston Southern 69-64 on Wednesday night.
After Baylor (4-0) had a 4-minute scoring drought in the second half, allowing the Buccaneers to close to 4 points, Gary Franklin made a 3-pointer with 5 minutes left. Then the 7-foot-1 Austin had another of his six blocked shots, leading to Franklin driving the baseline for a layup that made it 64-55.
But Charleston Southern wasn't done. Will Saunders, who led the Buccaneers (2-3) with 16 points, hit a 3-pointer with 54 seconds left that made it 67-64.
The Bucs went the other way after Austin missed a shot, but Saah Nimley missed a 3 with 14 seconds left and then stepped out of bounds trying to set up for another shot after Charleston Southern got the rebound.
Baylor extended its winning streak to 9 games - tied for the nation's 2nd-longest active streak (Louisville 19, East Carolina 9) and is now tied for the 6th-longest in program history.
Baylor extended its home winning streak to 7 games, making it the 10th-longest in Ferrell Center history.
Baylor is 62-12 at home since 2009-10, posting an .838 winning percentage.
Senior Cory Jefferson notched his 15th career double digit rebounding game - BU is 12-3 in those games.
With 16 points, Jefferson notched his 33rd career double digit scoring game - BU is 26-7 in those games.
With 16 points and 11 rebounds, Jefferson had his 14th career double-double and second straight - BU is 11-3 in those games.
With 3 blocks, Jefferson had his 36th game with 2 or more blocks - BU is 27-9 in those games.
Jefferson tied season-highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds, and had a season-high 3 blocks.
Senior Brady Heslip (11 points; 3-of-6 3FGs) has hit at least one 3-point field goal in 69 of 78 career games, including 51 games with 2+ 3FGs, 36 games with 3+ treys, 20 games with 4+ 3-pointers and nine games with 5+ threes.
With 11 points, Heslip now has 38 games of scoring double figures in his career - Baylor is 31-7 in those games.
Sophomore Isaiah Austin (7 blocks) had his 20th career game with 2+ blocks - Baylor is 16-4 in those games.
Austin had season-highs of 16 points, 8 rebounds, 8 free throws attempted (career high) and 6 free throws made (career high).
Austin started his 39th consecutive game.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor out-rebounded CSU 44-28 and is now 130-37 when doing so in the Drew era.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I think having games like this helps you mature a little bit, especially going into conference play in the Big 12. It helps you mature for those situations." - Baylor G Gary Franklin
Baylor heads to Maui, Hawaii for the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The Bears open up with Chaminade Monday (Nov. 25) at 8:30 p.m. CT.