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No. 18 MBB Downs Hardin-Simmons, 104-59

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27 32 59
52 52 104

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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 5,159

(7-1) 18/17

WACO, Texas (AP) - Cory Jefferson had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Brady Heslip made five 3-pointers in scoring 17 points and No. 18 Baylor returned to the mainland with a 104-59 victory over Hardin-Simmons on Sunday.

Rico Gathers had 17 points and nine rebounds for Baylor (7-1), which had six players finish with double-figure scoring. Taurean Prince had 13 points, while Isaiah Austin had 12 and Gary Franklin 10.

Baylor played three games in three days earlier in the week at the Maui Invitational, leaving Hawaii with its first loss after a 74-67 loss to No. 8 Syracuse in the tournament's championship game Wednesday night. The Bears' next game is Friday night against No. 3 Kentucky.

Cameron Barnes had 15 points to lead Hardin-Simmons (0-4). John Barnes had 12.

• The Bears scored at least 100 points for the 65th time in school history, and the 13th time in the Drew era. Baylor is 62-3 overall and 13-0 under Drew in those games. Baylor has scored 100 points four times against Hardin-Simmons and is 4-0 against the Cowboys in those games.
• Baylor's 104 points was a season-high, and the most since a 112-66 win over Long Beach State, March 20, 2013.
• Six different Baylor players scored in double figures for the first time this season. It was the fourth-straight game that at least five Bears have scored in double figures.
• Baylor's 27 assists marked a season-high, passing a previous high of 19 (11/25) against Chaminade.
• The Bears shot .633 (38-60), the highest shooting percentage of the season, and the highest mark since shooting .635 against Long Beach State, March 20, 2013.
• Jefferson (18 points) had his 37th career double-figure scoring game (7th of season and 6th straight), and Baylor is 29-8 all-time when he scores in double figures.
Cory Jefferson recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds; it marked the 4th time this season and the 15th time in his career the forward has posted a double-double.
• Senior Brady Heslip (17 points; 5-of-8 3FGs) has hit at least one 3FG in 72 of 82 career games, including 54 games with 2 or more, 39 games with 3+ 3FGs made, 22 games with 4 or more treys, and it was his 10th game with at least five 3-point field goals.
• Heslip scored in double figures for the seventh time in eight games this season and the 41st time in his career - Baylor is 33-8 when he scores 10+ points.
Taurean Prince scored a season-high 13 points and reached double figures for the 2nd time this season.
Isaiah Austin (12 points) had his 5th double-figure scoring game of the season and the 32nd of his 43-game career.

Baylor controlled the paint, outscoring Hardin-Simmons 56-26.


"I think that Scott [Drew] has assembled a team now that is one echelon away from being one of our premier teams in the country." - Hardin-Simmons head coach Craig Carse

Baylor heads to Arlington, Texas, to take on Kentucky at Cowboys Stadium Friday at 9 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on ESPN.



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