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WSU starts strong but No. 11 Baylor holds on for 65-59 win

Dec 18, 2022, 9:46 PM

              Baylor forward Caleb Lohner (33) fouls Washington State forward DJ Rodman (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Dallas. Baylor won 65-59. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
            
              Baylor forward Flo Thamba (0) argues against a flop call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington State on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Dallas. Baylor won 65-59. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
            
              Baylor forward Josh Ojianwuna (15) dunks as Washington State forward DJ Rodman (11) defends during an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Dallas. Baylor won 65-59. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
            
              Washington State head coach Kyle Smith argues a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Dallas. Baylor won 65-59. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
            
              Baylor head coach Scott Drew gives instructions to his players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington State on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Dallas. Baylor won 65-59. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
            
              Washington State forward Mouhamed Gueye (35) battles Baylor forward Flo Thamba (0) for space during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
            
              Washington State forward Mouhamed Gueye (35) and Baylor guard Adam Flagler (10) battle for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
            
              Baylor forward Jalen Bridges (11) attempts to shoot as Washington State forward Mouhamed Gueye (35) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
            
              Baylor forward Caleb Lohner (33) battles Washington State forward Mouhamed Gueye (35) for space during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
            
              Baylor guard LJ Cryer (4) battles Washington State guard TJ Bamba (5) for space during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

DALLAS (AP) — Keyonte George scored five straight points that gave Baylor the lead for good and finished with 19, as the 11th-ranked Bears beat the WSU Cougars 65-59 Sunday night in the final game of the Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge.

Baylor 65, WSU 59: Box score

George, a freshman guard who has started every game for Baylor, converted two free throws that put the Bears ahead 44-43 with 10:32 left in the second half. Following a steal by Dale Bonner on Washington State’s next possession, George hit a fade-away 3-pointer for a 47-43 lead with 9:46 to go.

Adam Flagler added 12 points for Baylor (8-2), which came in averaging 84.6 points, 12th-best in Division I. The Bears were held to their second-lowest point total of the season.

Jabe Mullins, back in the lineup after missing four games with a knee injury, led the Cougars (4-6) with 16 points off the bench. TJ Bamba added 14 points and Justin Powell 12.

BIG PICTURE

WSU: When will the Cougars put their planned starting five on the court? Mullins, the team’s No. 2 scorer averaging 14.2 points, returned to the lineup as a reserve. They’ve played all season without projected starters Dishon Jackson (a center, out indefinitely with an unspecified medical issue) and forward F Andrej Jakimovski (a guard, foot injury).

Baylor: Played its first game after 11 days off, and will now play three games in 11 days. Will their win over Washington State be enough to return them to the top 10? That would likely require voters deciding No. 6 Tennessee’s loss at No. 9 Arizona this week slots them behind the Bears.

UP NEXT

WSU: Faces George Washington on Thursday in the first of three games at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.

Baylor: Hosts Northwestern State on Tuesday.

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