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Wichita State build big early lead, holds off Baylor 71-63

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) There was misery Saturday night for Baylor coach Scott Drew as his team struggled to reach double-figure scoring before halftime at Wichita State.

The Shockers built a 44-15 halftime lead, and Samajae Haynes-Jones finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds as Wichita State held on to defeat Baylor 71-63 despite letting a 33-point lead get cut to five.

It was one of the 10 largest halftime leads for Wichita State in 40 seasons.

But after the loss, at least Drew knew Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall understood his suffering. ''I'm pretty sure coach Marshall and I both had heart attacks at different points tonight,'' Drew said.

''Samajae had that look,'' Marshall said. ''He was solid, man, played like a point guard, too. It was gratifying for me to see that young man play that well in a big game.''

Erik Stevenson added 18 points and Markis McDuffie had 15 for Wichita State (4-3).

Tristan Clark and Mario Kegler each scored 12 points to lead Baylor (5-3) while King McClure added 10. The trio combined for 24 points during the second-half rally.

Trailing by 29 at halftime, Baylor methodically got back in the game, cutting the Shockers' lead to 60-55 with 3:47 to play.

But that's when Wichita State's two stars of the game - Stevenson and Haynes-Jones - came through with baskets. Haynes-Jones' 3-point play pushed the lead back to 10 with 2:16 remaining.

''I've got to figure out what he (Drew) said to his team to start the second half,'' Marshall said, ''and he has to figure out what I said to mine to start the game, then we'd have one heck of a team.''

Baylor did not score in the game's first 6 1/2 minutes, and with 7:10 remaining in the first half, Wichita State led 20-4 and had held Baylor to 2-of-18 shooting.

Haynes-Jones had as many first-half points as Baylor, scoring 15 on five 3-pointers. Stevenson came off the bench to hit three first-half 3-pointers, helping the Shockers build a 44-15 halftime advantage.

BIG PICTURE

Baylor: The Bears' lethargic first half cost them the opportunity for their best victory so far this season.

Wichita State: The Shockers, using eight newcomers in the first half, earned a quality win that might show a young team's potential.

BIG NIGHT, SMALL GUY

Haynes-Jones is often the smallest on the floor, but the 6-foot senior point guard's game-high 10 rebounds helped symbolize Saturday night's effort. Haynes-Jones struggled last season with anxiety and health issues but looked confident against Baylor. He created his own shots while hitting five first-half 3-pointers.

ROAD WOES

Drew was certain some of the Bears' first-half struggles were due to playing their first road game of the season, a task made tougher by the noted atmosphere of Koch Arena.

''Anytime you play your first road game, it's a concern,'' Drew said. ''We certainly showed why tonight. And this place isn't easy.''

UP NEXT

Baylor: The Bears take a two-week break before traveling to Arizona on Dec. 15.

Wichita State: The Shockers play Oklahoma at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on Dec 8.

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Key Players
K. McClure
S. Haynes-Jones
32.2 Min. Per Game 32.2
11.8 Pts. Per Game 11.8
4.2 Ast. Per Game 4.2
1.5 Reb. Per Game 1.5
48.6 Field Goal % 36.3
42.4 Three Point % 37.0
0.0 Free Throw % 81.8
+ 2 Mario Kegler made jump shot 0.0
+ 1 Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler made 2nd of 2 free throws 5.0
  Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler missed 1st of 2 free throws 5.0
  Personal foul on King McClure 5.0
  Defensive rebound by Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler 7.0
  Mario Kegler missed 3-pt. jump shot 9.0
+ 1 Erik Stevenson made 2nd of 2 free throws 14.0
  Erik Stevenson missed 1st of 2 free throws 14.0
  Personal foul on Makai Mason 14.0
+ 2 Tristan Clark made dunk 18.0
  Offensive rebound by Tristan Clark 20.0
Team Stats
Points 63 71
Field Goals 23-62 (37.1%) 26-66 (39.4%)
3-Pointers 4-22 (18.2%) 10-32 (31.3%)
Free Throws 13-16 (81.3%) 9-17 (52.9%)
Total Rebounds 37 44
Offensive 12 12
Defensive 22 28
Team 3 4
Assists 5 13
Steals 4 6
Blocks 6 3
Turnovers 13 14
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 0 0
12 PTS, 6 REB
21 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Baylor 5-3 154863
home team logo Wichita State 4-3 442771
Team Stats
away team logo Baylor 5-3 71.8 PPG 40.6 RPG 13.9 APG
home team logo Wichita State 4-3 70.5 PPG 41.4 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
25
T. Clark F 14.6 PPG 6.3 RPG 1.6 APG 73.7 FG%
4
S. Haynes-Jones G 11.9 PPG 2.9 RPG 2.7 APG 35.7 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Clark F 12 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
S. Haynes-Jones G 21 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
37.1 FG% 39.4
18.2 3PT FG% 31.3
81.3 FT% 52.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Kegler 12 6 0 5/16 0/6 2/2 4 34 0 0 2 3 3
T. Clark 12 8 1 5/8 0/1 2/3 2 29 1 3 3 4 4
K. McClure 10 6 1 4/12 2/5 0/0 2 29 1 0 0 1 5
M. Mason 9 3 1 2/11 1/5 4/4 4 30 1 0 3 0 3
M. Vital 9 8 2 3/4 0/0 3/4 3 33 1 2 3 3 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Kegler 12 6 0 5/16 0/6 2/2 4 34 0 0 2 3 3
T. Clark 12 8 1 5/8 0/1 2/3 2 29 1 3 3 4 4
K. McClure 10 6 1 4/12 2/5 0/0 2 29 1 0 0 1 5
M. Mason 9 3 1 2/11 1/5 4/4 4 30 1 0 3 0 3
M. Vital 9 8 2 3/4 0/0 3/4 3 33 1 2 3 3 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Butler 5 0 0 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 12 0 0 1 0 0
M. Mayer 4 1 0 1/3 0/1 2/3 1 11 0 1 0 1 0
D. Bandoo 2 2 0 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 17 0 0 1 0 2
F. Thamba 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0
J. Lindsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teague - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Mitchell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Gillespie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Moffatt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 63 34 5 23/62 4/22 13/16 18 200 4 6 13 12 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Haynes-Jones 21 10 3 7/17 6/11 1/1 2 32 0 1 4 2 8
M. McDuffie 15 4 0 6/14 1/7 2/2 3 30 1 0 4 1 3
D. Dennis 5 6 1 2/7 0/2 1/2 1 31 0 0 0 3 3
R. Torres 4 0 3 2/4 0/2 0/0 0 21 1 0 1 0 0
J. Echenique 3 9 1 1/6 0/1 1/4 3 28 1 1 2 1 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Haynes-Jones 21 10 3 7/17 6/11 1/1 2 32 0 1 4 2 8
M. McDuffie 15 4 0 6/14 1/7 2/2 3 30 1 0 4 1 3
D. Dennis 5 6 1 2/7 0/2 1/2 1 31 0 0 0 3 3
R. Torres 4 0 3 2/4 0/2 0/0 0 21 1 0 1 0 0
J. Echenique 3 9 1 1/6 0/1 1/4 3 28 1 1 2 1 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Stevenson 18 5 2 7/13 3/8 1/2 2 22 1 0 1 1 4
I. Poor Bear-Chandler 3 4 3 1/3 0/1 1/2 3 9 0 0 2 3 1
R. Brown 1 1 0 0/1 0/0 1/2 0 8 0 0 0 1 0
A. Midtgaard 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
M. Udeze 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
J. Burton 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 14 2 0 0 0 1
T. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bush - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Herrs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Busse - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Farrakhan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 40 13 26/66 10/32 9/17 18 200 6 3 14 12 28