Jared Butler scored 22 points, King McClure added 21 points with five 3-pointers and Baylor finally pulled away late to beat Prairie View 91-80 on Monday night.
The Bears (2-1), who opened their season last week with a loss to another SWAC team, never trailed and led by as many as 16 points in the first half. But their lead was only 59-57 left with 9½ minutes left before a 22-8 run that included a run of 13 consecutive points.
Butler scored the first six points in the 13-0 run, including two free throws, a jumper and a layup. McClure then had a 3-pointer and a layup before Tristan Clark emphatically closed out that 2½-minute spurt with a block at one end and a two-handed dunk at the other to make it 78-61.
Clark had 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting, along with seven rebounds and five blocked shots. Devonte Bandoo scored 16 points. McClure also had eight rebounds.
Prairie View (1-1) had five players in double figures, led by Gary Blackston’s 18 points. Darius Williams had 16, and Gerard Andrus posted 14 points and nine rebounds. Chancellor Ellis had 12 points, and Taishaun Johnson 11.
The Bears went on a 13-1 run for an early 17-7 lead, but they couldn’t put the Panthers away.
Prairie View got back-to-back 3s from Williams to start the game, but he was called for a technical foul for taunting. The Panthers missed their next seven shots and 11 of 12 as Baylor built a double-digit lead.
The game featured 42 fouls and 52 free throw attempts.
Prairie View: Despite being Prairie View’s second-leading scorer, Williams was a nonfactor for most of the game. He picked up another quick foul after the technical, played only 10 minutes and didn’t score again until the 2:29 mark of the second half. The Panthers were 11 for 22 from beyond the arc, which allowed them to stay in the game.
Baylor: The Bears’ size advantage in the paint showed up with nine blocks, but they only had a 32-31 edge on the boards. Baylor kept Prairie View without a 2-point basket for nearly 11 minutes, shot 61 percent (31 of 51) from the field and 48 percent (11 of 23) on 3s.
Prairie View A&M will continue its season-opening 12-game road trip against Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday.
Baylor will close out a four-game homestand when it hosts Nicholls State on Friday.
Source: The Associated Press