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Baylor 58, Northwestern State 48

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By JASON ORTS
Associated Press

WACO, Texas - Jalen Bridges scored 12 of his 13 points in the second half, and No. 12 Baylor pulled away from Northwestern State in the second half for a 58-48 victory.

Bridges was 5-for-8 from the floor, making him the only player with four or more attempts to shoot better than 50 percent. LJ Cryer and Dale Bonner added 11 points apiece for the Bears (9-2), who have won four in a row.

Baylor, which won despite shooting 39% from the floor, went on a 14-0 run to take control for good after Northwestern State's DeMarcus Sharp made a jumper to open the second-half scoring and tie the game at 24.

Sharp had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Northwestern State (8-4), while Ja'Monta Black added 17 points but was only 6-for-22 from the floor and 5-for-20 from 3-point range.

The Demons, who shot 32% from the floor and 25% from beyond the arc, made 3-pointers on three straight possessions midway through the first half, which gave them a 17-15 lead. Baylor responded with a 9-0 run and never trailed again.

BIG PICTURE

Northwestern State: The Demons' plan to slow down the game and use the entire shot clock worked in the first half, but the Bears' swarming defense was too much after halftime. Northwestern State missed nine of its first 10 shots of the second half and was off the mark on its first 11 3-point tries after intermission.

Baylor: The Bears struggled against Northwestern State's slow-down style until late in the first half. Their first two fast-break baskets of the game came during their 9-0 run late in the first half, and both of them came when Bonner collected steals near midcourt and finished with a layup and dunk. Baylor got the pace more to its liking in the second half but fell well short of its Big 12-leading average of 82.6 points per game.

December 20, 2022


Northwestern State
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Sharp 7-18 3-4 0-1 2-10 1 0 2 2 2 17
J. Black 6-22 0-0 5-20 0-2 2 0 1 1 1 17
J. Hampton 2-4 0-2 0-0 5-8 1 0 0 1 1 4
I. Haney 3-8 0-0 2-4 0-1 0 0 2 3 1 8
G. Williams 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0
M. Kuath 0-2 0-0 0-0 2-4 1 1 1 0 1 0
J. Wilmore 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 3 0
R. Hill 1-4 0-0 0-3 0-2 0 0 0 0 3 2
E. McDonald 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 2 2 0
D. Prim 0-2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 0
Totals 19-60
(.317)
3-6
(.500)
7-28
(.250)
15-37 7 1 7 10 15 48


Baylor
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
L. Cryer 4-13 0-0 3-10 0-5 3 0 0 2 1 11
D. Bonner 4-8 2-2 1-4 0-1 7 0 3 3 1 11
K. George 2-9 0-1 2-5 0-3 2 0 0 3 2 6
J. Bridges 5-8 1-2 2-4 4-7 0 1 0 0 0 13
L. Love 0-7 2-2 0-2 1-2 1 0 0 1 0 2
F. Thamba 2-3 0-0 0-0 0-6 0 0 0 1 3 4
J. Ojianwuna 2-4 1-2 0-0 3-8 0 0 0 2 1 5
C. Lohner 2-2 2-2 0-0 3-5 0 0 0 1 1 6
Z. Loveday 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 21-54
(.389)
8-11
(.727)
8-25
(.320)
14-43 13 1 3 13 9 58




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