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Baylor ends Arizona's home winning streak with 58-49 win

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Baylor will face some of the toughest road environments in college basketball when the Big 12 season starts.

After ending one of the nation's longest home winning streaks with a dominating performance, the new-look Bears know they can win anywhere.

Makai Mason scored 22 points and Baylor dominated the glass to end Arizona's 52-game home nonconference winning streak with a 58-49 victory at McKale Center Saturday night.

''To have this experience, get this road win is going to be huge going into conference,'' said Mason, who had seven rebounds.

Baylor (6-3) overcame its second straight shaky first half with an overwhelming performance on the boards in coach Scott Drew's 500th game leading the Bears. Baylor outrebounded Arizona 50-19 and scored 19 second-chance points on 18 offensive rebounds.

Mark Vital had 16 rebounds, including eight offensive, and the Bears made 14 of 21 shots in the second half to pull away for a momentum-building win.

''The reason you play this game is if you lose, you just get better as a team and it doesn't hurt you for the postseason,'' Drew said. ''If you win, you have a great resume win.''

Arizona (7-4) struggled against Baylor's zone and couldn't keep the Bears off the glass to lose at McKale Center for the first time since San Diego State beat the Wildcats there in 2011.

Arizona was outscored 32-18 in the paint and shot 36 percent from the floor to lose its second straight game. Brandon Randolph led the Wildcats with 15 points.

''When you're dominated like that, it starts to feel funny,'' Arizona coach Sean Miller said. ''We couldn't execute against the zone and lost confidence as the game wore on.''

These new-look teams were coming off disappointing losses.

Miller criticized his team following Tuesday's 76-73 loss to Alabama, calling it the Wildcats' worst game of the season after they had trouble stopping the Tide in transition and cleaning up the defensive glass.

Baylor had an awful first half in an eight-point loss to Wichita State last Saturday, falling into a 33-point hole before rallying within five with 3 1/2 minutes left.

Neither team was sharp in a disjointed first half in the desert.

Baylor had trouble shooting, hitting 8 of 29 from the field.

Arizona's problem was boxing out, allowing the Bears to grab 13 offensive rebounds even with big man Tristan Clark limited to eight minutes due to foul trouble.

The Wildcats led 23-20 after Mason got a short jumper to roll in at the buzzer.

Baylor continued to snare rebounds over the Wildcats and found their shooting range to open the second half, making eight of its first 12 shots to build a 37-31 lead.

The Bears kept making shots and kept Arizona at arm's length the rest of the way to pick up a huge win.

''Baylor did a good job. They outrebounded us, they were tougher than us,'' said Arizona's Chase Jeter, who had six points.

BIG PICTURE

Baylor's rebuilding project took a big step forward with a victory in one of college basketball's toughest road environments.

Arizona's defensive and rebounding deficiencies were exposed for the second straight game.

ZONA'S ZONE STRUGGLES

Baylor's zone gave Arizona trouble all night. The Wildcats had a hard time getting the ball to the high post and even when they did, it rarely led to points.

Arizona also struggled from the perimeter, making 9 of 28 shots from the 3-point arc.

''We didn't do anything well,'' Miller said. ''It was the first time this group played against a zone and we obviously kind of had deer in the headlights.''

UP NEXT

Baylor hosts Oregon on Tuesday.

Arizona hosts Montana on Wednesday.

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Key Players
K. McClure
B. Williams
30.1 Min. Per Game 30.1
12.7 Pts. Per Game 12.7
3.6 Ast. Per Game 3.6
2.8 Reb. Per Game 2.8
46.7 Field Goal % 34.3
42.2 Three Point % 27.5
66.7 Free Throw % 83.3
  Defensive rebound by Mark Vital 7.0
  Brandon Randolph missed layup 9.0
+ 1 Makai Mason made 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
+ 1 Makai Mason made 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Personal foul on Brandon Williams 18.0
  Defensive rebound by Makai Mason 21.0
  Brandon Randolph missed 3-pt. jump shot 23.0
+ 1 Mark Vital made 2nd of 2 free throws 29.0
  Mark Vital missed 1st of 2 free throws 29.0
  Personal foul on Brandon Williams 29.0
  Defensive rebound by Tristan Clark 34.0
Team Stats
Points 58 49
Field Goals 22-50 (44.0%) 19-53 (35.8%)
3-Pointers 4-19 (21.1%) 9-28 (32.1%)
Free Throws 10-20 (50.0%) 2-6 (33.3%)
Total Rebounds 50 19
Offensive 18 1
Defensive 28 13
Team 4 5
Assists 10 15
Steals 7 7
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 20 10
Fouls 17 21
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
15 PTS, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Baylor 6-3 203858
home team logo Arizona 7-4 232649
Team Stats
away team logo Baylor 6-3 72.2 PPG 40.7 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo Arizona 7-4 72.5 PPG 38.6 RPG 12.4 APG
Key Players
10
M. Mason G 15.6 PPG 2.3 RPG 3.3 APG 44.0 FG%
5
B. Randolph G 13.6 PPG 3.6 RPG 1.1 APG 38.6 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Mason G 22 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
B. Randolph G 15 PTS 0 REB 1 AST
44.0 FG% 35.8
21.1 3PT FG% 32.1
50.0 FT% 33.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Mason 22 7 1 8/15 2/7 4/6 2 35 0 0 3 2 5
M. Kegler 13 6 0 4/8 1/3 4/4 4 22 0 0 5 1 5
T. Clark 8 6 2 4/5 0/1 0/0 3 26 1 0 3 2 4
M. Vital 5 16 2 2/6 0/2 1/7 3 36 1 1 2 8 8
K. McClure 0 2 3 0/3 0/1 0/1 1 27 4 0 5 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Mason 22 7 1 8/15 2/7 4/6 2 35 0 0 3 2 5
M. Kegler 13 6 0 4/8 1/3 4/4 4 22 0 0 5 1 5
T. Clark 8 6 2 4/5 0/1 0/0 3 26 1 0 3 2 4
M. Vital 5 16 2 2/6 0/2 1/7 3 36 1 1 2 8 8
K. McClure 0 2 3 0/3 0/1 0/1 1 27 4 0 5 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Butler 5 1 0 2/4 1/3 0/0 1 13 1 1 1 0 1
D. Bandoo 2 3 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 13 0 0 0 1 2
F. Thamba 2 4 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 14 0 1 1 3 1
M. Mayer 1 1 2 0/3 0/1 1/2 1 14 0 0 0 1 0
J. Lindsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teague - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Mitchell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Gillespie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Moffatt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 58 46 10 22/50 4/19 10/20 17 200 7 3 20 18 28
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Randolph 15 0 1 6/16 3/8 0/0 3 28 2 1 0 0 0
J. Coleman 7 1 3 2/6 1/4 2/2 1 34 0 0 0 0 1
C. Jeter 6 2 1 3/4 0/0 0/3 4 26 3 0 2 1 1
E. Akot 5 0 2 2/5 1/2 0/0 2 15 0 0 0 0 0
B. Williams 3 3 4 1/9 1/7 0/1 3 29 2 0 3 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Randolph 15 0 1 6/16 3/8 0/0 3 28 2 1 0 0 0
J. Coleman 7 1 3 2/6 1/4 2/2 1 34 0 0 0 0 1
C. Jeter 6 2 1 3/4 0/0 0/3 4 26 3 0 2 1 1
E. Akot 5 0 2 2/5 1/2 0/0 2 15 0 0 0 0 0
B. Williams 3 3 4 1/9 1/7 0/1 3 29 2 0 3 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Smith 9 2 2 3/5 3/5 0/0 1 21 0 1 3 0 2
I. Lee 4 5 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 3 20 0 1 1 0 5
R. Luther 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 4 19 0 0 1 0 1
A. Barcello 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
J. DesJardins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Weyand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Spence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Doutrive - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 49 14 15 19/53 9/28 2/6 21 200 7 3 10 1 13