ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Kenny Chery scored 12 of his 20 points in overtime and No. 12 Baylor returned from an extended break with a 91-84 victory over Northwestern State on Wednesday night.
Chery had a steal in the first minute of overtime after Sabri Thompson lost control of the ball. Chery picked it up and drove to make a tough short jumper while being fouled. He shouted out while still sitting on the court after the ball went through the hoop to put the Bears (9-1) ahead to stay. He added the free throw.
Cory Jefferson had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Baylor, which was playing for the first time in 12 days. Rico Gathers had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Franklin added 11 points.
Cory Jefferson scored a season-high 20 points, along with 10 rebounds. It was Jefferson's fifth double-double of the year and 16th of his career. BU is 13-3 in those games.
Rico Gathers (19 Points) had his sixth-career double figure scoring game and second of the season.
Gathers had 10 rebounds as well to give him the fourth double-double of his career and his first this season.
Kenny Chery dished out a career-high 10 assists.
Chery had 20 points to be in double figures for the seventh time this season. That point total tied a career-high.
Chery had his career-first double-double with the 20 points and 10 assists.
Gary Franklin had 11 points to tally his fourth double digit point total and the sixth of his career.
Franklin made 3-of-5 3-point baskets in the game. He has made 47 of his last 108 attempts (.435), after beginning his career 25-of-82 (.304).
Royce O'Neale had a Baylor career-high eight rebounds.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor outscored Northwestern State in the paint 44-40; Baylor is 7-0 this season, and 133-47 under Drew when BU leads that category.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Baylor hosts Southern at 4 p.m. CT Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Ferrell Center.