And they’re back! The Baylor Bears are back on the floor for the first time since December 6. The last time the Bears were on the court it was a neutral site game against the No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats. To the untrained eye, it would appear that Baylor was either cocky or rusty in their first game in 12 days.
The fact of the matter is that Northwestern State can score in bunches. Despite being ranked fourth nationally in points per game, the Demons are only 27 percent from outside. With the like of Cory Jefferson and Rico Gathers manning the paint, the height advantage would inevitably undo the pesky Demons.
Before the Bears could walk away with a 91-84 victory, the Bears would need overtime to get the job done. Jefferson had 22 points and 10 rebounds. He was the undisputed MVP of the game, but he wasn’t the only Bear that had a 20/10 performance. Kenny Chery also chimed in with 20 points and 10 assists. Gathers was one point shy of joining the 20/10 club posting a modest 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Baylor improves their record to 9-1 on the season. With three non-conference home games remaining, it appears that the Baylor Bears will likely be 12-1 heading into their first conference game against the Iowa State Cyclones. It will be Baylor’s first true road game of the season. Yes, Baylor has been battle tested by every opponent they have squared off against, but Iowa State will be the biggest test of the season for Baylor thus far. The Bears struggled against the number four scoring team in the country tonight, and will have to enter the unfriendly confines of the Hilton Coliseum in order to defeat the number one scoring team in the country.
Jack Dooley is a Big 12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JackDooleyOCS.