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Bears dominate Auburn in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Baylor Men's Basketball heads to 11th tournament appearance
Posted at 5:46 PM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 01:40:10-05

WACO, Texas — In a matchup against his former team, Baylor guard Davion Mitchell and the Baylor Bears dominated the Auburn Tigers in the second half, pulling away to an 84-72 win.

Mitchell scored the first bucket of the game, hitting a three from the top of the key to give Baylor a 3-0 lead. That would be the Bears' only made basket in the first four minutes.

Baylor opened the game 1-8 from the field.

The Bears got a spark off the bench from Adam Flagler, who scored 7 points in his first three minutes off the bench.

While the Baylor offense struggled in the first half, its defense shined.

The Bears held Auburn to 34 percent shooting in the first half and only 38 percent from three-point range.

Baylor also forced 10 Tiger turnovers.

At halftime, Baylor led 35-30.

Baylor opened the second half on fire, going on a 9-2 run to take a 44-34 lead capped off by a MaCio Teague triple.

From there, they would not look back.

Baylor went on a second-half run to extend the lead to 21 points with 5:27 left in the game.

Matthew Mayer brought the Ferrell Center to its feet with a put-back dunk already being labeled as the "Dunk of the Year."

Baylor would coast to an 84-72 win.

With the win, the Bears move to 16-0. Their next game will be Feb. 2, when the Bears travel to Austin to play Texas.