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No. 18 MBB Rallies Past Dayton, 67-66

Taurean Prince battles for a rebound.

(6-0) 18/17
  1ST 2ND F
28 39 67
33 33 66

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Maui, Hawaii • Attendance: 2,400

(5-1) NR/NR

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Cory Jefferson had a go-ahead putback with 16 seconds left and No. 18 Baylor rallied to beat Dayton 67-66 on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.

The Bears will play No. 8 Syracuse for the tournament championship Wednesday night.

After trailing nearly the entire game, Baylor (6-0) whittled away a 10-point deficit over the final 7 minutes. The Bears were down by one when Kenny Chery missed a jumper off the front of the rim, but Jefferson was all alone for the rebound and his layup gave Baylor a 67-66 lead.

Vee Sanford missed a contested shot in close for Dayton with 2 seconds left, Devin Oliver's tip-in attempt bounced off the rim and Baylor grabbed the rebound as the final buzzer sounded.

Royce O'Neale and Chery had 13 points each for the Bears. Jefferson, Gary Franklin and Isaiah Austin added 10 apiece.

• Baylor extended its winning streak to 11 games - the nation's longest active streak.
• Baylor led for exactly 2:08 of game time - the Bears had a 1-0 lead for 1:51 in the first half, and then BU didn't lead again until Cory Jefferson's game-winning basket with 17 seconds remaining.
• Five different Baylor players scored in double figures for the second straight game.
• Senior Gary Franklin had 10 points for his 4th career double-figure scoring game (2nd consecutive).
• Junior Kenny Chery had 13 points, recording his 4th double-figure scoring game, and he added 4 assists.
• Junior Royce O'Neale had a Baylor-career high 13 points, scoring in double figures for the second straight game.
• O'Neale had steals on three consecutive possessions in the second half, with two of the three leading to his own layups.
• Senior Cory Jefferson started his 43rd consecutive game and had the game-winning basket on an offensive rebound put-back with 17 seconds remaining.
• Jefferson (10 points) had his 35th career double-figure scoring game (5th of season). Baylor is 28-7 all-time when he scores in double figures.
• Sophomore Isaiah Austin (10 points) had his 30th career double-figure scoring game (3rd of season). All 10 of his points and 6 of his 7 rebounds came in the second half.

Baylor outscored Dayton in the paint, 38-18.


Baylor will face Syracuse in the EA Sports Maui Invitational championship game Wednesday at 9 p.m. CT on ESPN.



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