Bay­lor wins ‘road’ game at home

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS -

MaCio Teague heard the crowd with No. 18 Bay­lor at home and tip­ping off about the same time the Bears’ foot­ball team started the Big 12 cham­pi­onship game 100 miles north of cam­pus.

It wasn’t hard for the sopho­more guard to fig­ure out which squad many of those fans were there to watch: 12thranked Ari­zona.

“It felt like a road game,” Teague said af­ter scor­ing 19 points in the Bears’ 63-58 vic­tory Satur­day. “Es­pe­cially when they did the, ‘U of, U of A,’ what­ever they were do­ing. I heard it. It was pretty loud in there.”

Fred­die Gille­spie had 17 points and 13 re­bounds as the Bears (7-1) handed the Wild­cats their first loss.

Ad­mis­sion was free at Bay­lor’s cam­pus arena be­cause of the Big 12 ti­tle game against Ok­la­homa at the home of the Dal­las Cow­boys.

It was sup­posed to be the first true road game for the Wild­cats (9-1), but their fans might have out­num­bered the Bay­lor con­tin­gent. As Teague heard, they loudly chanted “U of A” be­fore the Bay­lor in­tro­duc­tions but had a hard time get­ting into the game early, with Ari­zona giv­ing up a 15-0 run and shoot­ing 33 per­cent in the first half.

The Wild­cats, whose 52-game home win­ning streak was stopped by Bay­lor last De­cem­ber, did enough to stay close de­spite shoot­ing 27% and had the fans chant­ing sev­eral times in the sec­ond half.

Ari­zona fi­nally got the deficit un­der six by scor­ing five points on one pos­ses­sion to get within 57-56 with less than two min­utes re­main­ing. Je­marl Baker Jr. hit a 3 as a foul was called and Zeke Nnaji made both free throws.

Teague, who was 9 of 10 on free throws, made a pair at the other end, then blocked a 3-point at­tempt by Nico Man­nion, who led the Wild­cats with 15 points. Lead­ing by four, Bay­lor got an­other block from Gille­spie in the fi­nal minute.

Nnaji scored 12 for Ari­zona, which made just two of 18 3-point­ers af­ter com­ing in sixth in the na­tion at 43% shoot­ing from long range. The last miss came from Josh Green with a chance to tie in the fi­nal sec­onds.

“We hung in there,” Ari­zona coach Sean Miller said. “To have an op­por­tu­nity late in the game that’s what you re­ally hope can hap­pen on the road. It was just bizarre how we got to that point be­cause it cer­tainly wasn’t be­cause of our of­fense.”

Shar­ing the fun: Aaron Thomp­son be­lieves un­selfish play is a ma­jor part of But­ler’s suc­cess.

Thomp­son and Sean McDermott each scored 16 points to lead No. 24 But­ler to a 76-62 win over vis­it­ing Florida.

“No­body cares who scores, we’re just try­ing to get the best shot on that pos­ses­sion,” Thomp­son said. “As long as we are get­ting good shots, ev­ery­one is happy.”

Thomp­son made 6 of 7 shots and de­liv­ered seven as­sists for the Bull­dogs (9-0).

McDermott missed his first four 3point shots and then four of his fi­nal five. He con­trib­uted a team-high seven re­bounds.

“I don’t know if we have a harder work­ing player than Sean McDermott,” But­ler coach LaVall Jor­dan said. “He’s made more of an ef­fort to be­come a more com­plete player. Ob­vi­ously, his strength is shoot­ing the bas­ket­ball, but he’s able to de­fend bet­ter.”

Jor­dan Tucker added 13 points off the bench for the Bull­dogs. Ka­mar Bald­win, who was av­er­ag­ing a team-high 17.5 points for But­ler, scored 12 points.

Around the na­tion: Ochai Ag­baji scored 20 points and Devon Dot­son added 18 points to lead No. 2 Kansas (7-1) to a 72-58 vic­tory over No. 20 Colorado in Lawrence, Kan . ... EJ Mont­gomery scored a ca­reer-high 25 points, Keion Brooks added 15 off the bench and Ken­tucky (7-1) dom­i­nated Fair­leigh Dick­in­son 83-52 for its 600th vic­tory at Rupp Arena . ... Pre­cious Achi­uwa scored eight of his 14 points in the fi­nal 4 min­utes to rally No. 15 Mem­phis to an 65-57 win at UAB. The Tigers (8-1) trailed 17-0 early and 40-26 at half­time . ... Kaleb Wes­son scored 28 points and had 10 re­bounds for his ninth ca­reer dou­ble-dou­ble, and No. 6 Ohio State (9-0, 1-0 Big Ten) scored 43 points in the game’s fi­nal 12 min­utes to rout vis­it­ing Penn State 106-74.

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