GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Baylor 69, VCU 61

(AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte)

By AARON BEARD
AP Basketball Writer

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - Matthew Mayer scored 15 points to help sixth-ranked Baylor hold off VCU 69-61 in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Freshman Kendall Brown added 14 points for the reigning national champion Bears (6-0), who had to clean up a mistake-filled first half and keep the Rams at arm's distance throughout the second half.

Baylor led 29-27 and came out of the break with nine straight points. That included a five-point possession with Brown making two free throws after being hit on a flagrant foul by Levi Stockard III, then Mayer finding Flo Thamba with a lane-to-lane pass for a score and a three-point play.

Baylor protected that margin, though the Bears struggled to put the game away as the Rams continued to use full-court defense to keep Baylor out of rhythm.

Still, Baylor's biggest boost came from cutting down its turnovers. The Bears committed 13 in the first half - surpassing their full-game totals in four earlier games this season - but had just five after the break.

Vince Williams scored 17 points to lead VCU (3-3), while Stockard had 13 points. The Rams shot 48% after halftime to hang around, frequently within two possessions, but they couldn't quite overtake Baylor.


VCU
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
V. Williams Jr. F 36 7-15 0-0 3-8 1-3 5 1 2 5 4 17
L. Stockard III F 30 5-7 3-4 0-0 4-6 2 0 3 1 3 13
H. Ward C 29 3-8 0-1 0-1 3-6 3 1 1 4 3 6
J. Nunn G 31 1-3 3-6 1-2 0-3 2 0 2 1 2 6
K. Curry G 27 2-9 1-2 0-4 1-2 0 0 1 2 4 5
N. Kern   14 1-3 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 0 1 2 0 2
M. Brown-Jones   11 2-3 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 1 0 2 2 5
M. Tsohonis   11 2-5 0-0 1-3 0-2 2 1 0 0 0 5
J. DeLoach   10 1-3 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 1 1 1 1 2
J. Banks   2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   201 24-57
(.421)
7-13
(.538)
6-20
(.300)
12-33 14 5 11 19 19 61


Baylor
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Brown F 30 6-9 2-2 0-0 2-5 0 0 1 1 3 14
M. Mayer F 29 5-13 2-4 3-5 2-6 2 1 2 1 3 15
F. Thamba F 16 1-2 2-3 0-0 3-4 0 1 1 1 4 4
A. Flagler G 30 3-9 2-2 1-4 1-3 2 0 1 1 0 9
J. Akinjo G 29 1-6 4-4 0-1 0-1 2 0 1 7 3 6
L. Cryer   25 1-6 4-6 0-3 0-0 2 0 1 4 1 6
J. Tchamwa Tchatchoua   24 6-8 0-0 1-1 1-8 1 0 1 1 2 13
J. Sochan   15 0-4 2-3 0-1 4-6 2 0 0 1 3 2
D. Bonner   3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   201 23-57
(.404)
18-24
(.750)
5-15
(.333)
17-42 12 2 8 18 19 69
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