No. 6 Baylor 72, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 59

Baylor keeps getting the job done by playing as a team.

Quincy Miller scored 15 points, one of four Bears players in
double digits, and No. 6 Baylor beat Saint Mary’s 72-59 Thursday
night in the third round of the Las Vegas Classic.

”We don’t care who scores,” Miller said. ”We’re trying to
share the ball. We just try to get everyone in the game. We just
want to get everyone involved. We just want to win.”

And that’s exactly what they’re doing.

Perry Jones III added 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks
for the Bears (11-0), who remained one of six undefeated teams in
Division I.

”They’re no pressure,” Miller said. ”It’s not about
rankings.”

Quincy Acy added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Baylor, while
Brady Heslip scored 11.

”A lot of people don’t realize how good a program Saint Mary’s
is,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew, who has the Bears off to their
best start since winning their first 12 games in 2000-01. ”In the
first half, we came out with a lot of energy and then as time went
on, they were able to make interior passes that led to some 3s. In
the second half, we did a better job taking care of the ball.”

Baylor never trailed in the second half and pulled away after
leading 36-34 at the break.

Rob Jones led Saint Mary’s (10-2) with 14 points and seven
rebounds, but the Gaels’ eight-game winning streak was snapped.
Brad Waldow added 12 points.

Baylor plays West Virginia in the final round Friday, while
Saint Mary’s takes on Missouri State. Baylor will see West Virginia
regularly when the Mountaineers move to the Big 12.

”They’re a big, strong, talented team,” Miller said. ”Great
rebounding team. We’re very excited to play them.”

Earlier on Thursday, West Virginia defeated Missouri State 70-68
in overtime as Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins earned his 700th
career win.

Baylor took control in the second half and eventually built a
15-point lead with 8:02 left. The Gaels were held to 35 percent
shooting after hitting 55 percent in the first half.

”We should be a good shooting team,” Saint Mary’s coach Randy
Bennett said. ”I thought we did a good job getting shots. I
thought we rushed some 3s. Offensively, I wasn’t discouraged. I
thought we got good shots. We took care of the ball.”

Baylor, however, shot 50 percent from the field for the game and
outrebounded the Gaels 37-24.

”I thought we rebounded the ball well, and Saint Mary’s is
third in the country in rebounding,” Drew said. ”So that was a
challenge for us.”

After the Bears scored the first six points of the game, there
were eight lead changes in the first half as neither team built a
lead larger than that six.

This was the second meeting between Baylor and Saint Mary’s. In
2010, they met in the NCAA tournament’s South Regional semifinal,
where the Bears won 72-49 in Houston.

Both teams are making their first Classic appearance. This was
Baylor’s first trip to Las Vegas since 1982.

Meanwhile, Saint Mary’s has made the Orleans Arena a home away
from home.

The Gaels have made the trip here for the past three West Coast
Conference tournaments. They won it in 2010, defeating Gonzaga in
the final. They also defeated Mississippi State in a regular-season
game last December.