Baylor coach Scott Drew is aware of given a alternative, his gamers would reasonably be taking part in video games. They gained two in 23 hours.
“Getting back from break, you are both practising or taking part in,” Drew mentioned. “I do know guys would reasonably play a recreation than be in observe for 2 or three hours.”
MaCio Teague had 18 factors to steer six gamers scoring in double figures the Bears in a 105-76 victory Wednesday over Alcorn State, only a day after a 37-point win over Central Arkansas.
Preseason AP All-America guard Jared Butler added 17 factors on 6-of-8 capturing and Matthew Mayer had 14 factors for the Bears. Davion Mitchell, Jordan Turner and Zach Loveday every scored 10.
Baylor (8-0), the one Huge 12 staff with no loss, returned from its Christmas break with back-to-back midweek afternoon video games. They had been the final video games for the preseason convention favorites earlier than resuming Huge 12 play this weekend, with the Alcorn recreation a late add after some earlier modifications to the schedule.
“You schedule two (video games) in hopes that you just undoubtedly get one in. And we had been in a position to be blessed to play two video games, and it allowed us to strive some issues we use in convention, and be capable of try this towards folks moreover ourselves,” Drew mentioned. “We had been in a position to give some guys some taking part in expertise, and all of that stuff bodes nicely and helps you down the road since you by no means know when your quantity’s going to be known as.”
Tyree Corbett had 24 factors to steer Alcorn State (0-5), whereas Byron Joshua had 12 and Oddyst Walker 11.
Corbett had six early factors, together with back-to-back jumpers that tied it at 12 about six minutes in after Teague’s second 3-pointer.
Baylor responded with a 17-2 run in lower than 5 minutes, going forward 29-14 when Butler had a steal that he transformed right into a fastbreak layup.
“I assumed Alcorn did an excellent job coming in and being excited to play and made some pictures. Tried to carry it, and never let the sport get too up and down, and credit score them and their coach for an excellent recreation plan,” Drew mentioned. “I assumed our guys did a greater job of … settling down and getting stops. After which as soon as we had been in a position to get in a rhythm and a routine, clearly we had been in a position to draw back.”
The Bears bought their subsequent basket when Mayer had a steal and bought the ball to Butler, who made an alley-oop cross to Mark Important for a slam. Mitchell then had a steal, and after a media timeout hit a 3-pointer.
Important later had a steal earlier than his fastbreak dunk made it 49-24.
Alcorn State had 14 turnovers within the first half. Baylor turned these into 26 factors, just one fewer than the Braves scored total whereas happening 59-27 on the break. The Braves had solely 4 turnovers after halftime, once they outscored Baylor 49-46.
Alcorn State: The Braves, who had been with out main scorer Troymain Crosby (18.7 ppg), get an additional couple of days earlier than their SWAC opener. Texas Southern, their scheduled opponent Saturday, needed to postpone its first two convention video games due to a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at and speak to tracing.
Baylor: The Bears once more confirmed their depth, with their bench scoring a minimum of 33 factors — like in each recreation this season. … The Bears have scored 80 factors in all eight video games, their longest streak since 11 in a row to start out the 1984-85 season. They tied a faculty document with their eight double-digit win in a row, final performed to start out the 2011-12 season.
Alcorn State opens SWAC play at dwelling Monday evening towards Prairie View.
Baylor resumes Huge 12 play Saturday at Iowa State.