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No. 18 MBB Falls to No. 8 Syracuse, 74-67


74
SYRACUSE
(7-0) 8/7
  1ST 2ND F
38 36 74
30 37 67

Box Score | Notes

Maui, Hawaii • Attendance: 2,400

67
BAYLOR
(6-1) 18/17

THE RUNDOWN
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - C.J Fair scored 14 of his 24 points in the second half and No. 8 Syracuse beat No. 18 Baylor 74-67 on Wednesday night for the Maui Invitational title.

Syracuse stopped would-be runs by Baylor several times. The loss snapped Baylor's 11-game winning streak - longest in the nation - dating back to last season's NIT championship run.

Baylor had a 10-2 run to make it 68-62 with Cory Jefferson dunking an alley-oop pass, but Fair responded immediately with a jumper with just over two minutes left.

Earlier, Baylor pulled to within 4 points when Jefferson tipped in a missed shot by Kenny Chery, but Syracuse answered with a 10-point run capped by a steal by Trevor Cooney that led to a fast break and a layup for Tyler Ennis to make it 66-52 with just over five minutes left.

Jerami Grant scored 19 points and also made the event's all-tournament team. Cooney and Ennis scored 11 points each.

Syracuse shot just under 51 percent, hanging on in the second half after shooting 57.1 percent before halftime. Baylor outscored Syracuse by 1 point in the second half.

Jefferson led Baylor (6-1) with 15 points.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Baylor had its nation-leading winning streak snapped at 11 games.
• Five different Baylor players scored in double figures for the third straight game.
• Nine different Bears played at least 10 minutes in the game for the sixth time in seven games this season.
• Junior Kenny Chery (12 points) had his 5th double-figure scoring game, including all three games in the Maui Invitational.
• Chery tied his career high with 8 assists, equaling his total from Monday's win vs. Chaminade.
• Junior Royce O'Neale (10 points) scored in double figures in all three games in Maui after not scoring in double figures in any of BU's first four games.
• Senior Cory Jefferson was named to the Maui Invitational All-Tournament team. He started his 44th consecutive game.
• Jefferson (15 points) had his 36th career double-figure scoring game (6th of season), and Baylor is 28-8 all-time when he scores in double figures.
• Senior Brady Heslip (12 points; 4-of-7 3FGs) has hit at least one 3FG in 71 of 81 career games, including 53 games with 2 or more, 38 games with 3+ 3FGs made and 21 games with 4 or more treys.
• Heslip scored in double figure for the sixth time in seven games this season and the 40th time in his career - Baylor is 32-8 when he scores 10+ points.
• Sophomore Isaiah Austin had 2 blocks to give him 84 for his career, which is one back of Kevin Rogers for 10th on the Bears' all-time list.
• Austin (11 points) had his 4th double-figure scoring game of the season and the 31st of his 42-game career.
• Austin has had 2+ blocks in a game 22 times in his career, and the Bears are 17-5 in those contests.

STAT OF THE GAME
Syracuse topped Baylor in the points in the paint battle, 36-22.

TWEET OF THE GAME

WHAT'S NEXT
Baylor returns home to take on Hardin-Simmons Sunday (Dec. 1) at 2 p.m. CT at the Ferrell Center.


 

 

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