GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Baylor 82, Illinois 69

INDIANAPOLIS - Adam Flagler scored 18 points and was one of four players in double figures for No. 2 Baylor, which pulled away to beat No. 5 Illinois 82-69 in the second game of the Jimmy V Classic.

Baylor (3-0) won for the first time this season with coach Scott Drew on the sideline. He missed the previous two games after a positive COVID-19 test, but watched his team swing the game with its trademark defense in the second half.

Ayo Dosunmu had 18 points and Giorgi Beshanishvili added 15 for Illinois (3-1).

The game had a completely different atmosphere from the previous two at Bankers Life Fieldhouse because of the raucous applause and loud cheers coming from the benches. The noise helped ratchet up the intensity level in a matchup that was essentially played to a draw for almost 30 minutes.

Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua started the decisive stretch by making two free throws with 12:51 left. That broke a 43-all tie and spurred Baylor to six straight points. After Illinois made a 3-pointer, Baylor scored five more points and then took control with another run, this time 9-0.

When it ended, Baylor led 65-51 with 7:31 left and the Illini never seriously challenged again.


Associated Press

December 2, 2020