Chery, Jefferson lead No. 25 Baylor over CU 72-60

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 9, 2013 at 12:40 am •  Published: November 9, 2013
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DALLAS (AP) — Kenny Chery figures his most important job is getting to the ball to Baylor's heralded frontcourt duo of Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin.

The transfer guard still handled his share of the scoring in his first game for the No. 25 Bears.

Chery scored 14 points, Jefferson had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Baylor beat cold-shooting Colorado 72-60 in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

"Try to be more of a vocal leader," Chery, a native of Canada, said of trying to make a first impression after coming in from a junior college in Missouri. "Try to get Cory, Isaiah, everybody more touches. Just be a team guy."

The late-starting final game of a tripleheader at the downtown Dallas home of the NBA's Mavericks featured last year's NIT champion in Baylor and a Colorado team coming off the school's first back-to-back trips to the NCAA tournament in 50 years.

And the 9 p.m. local start seemed to show, with the teams combining to miss the first nine shots and not scoring until nearly 3 minutes in.

"We had all day to think about it and both teams were definitely nervous and had their jitters," Baylor coach Scott Drew said.

Brad Heslip had 12 points, all on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, including the second of two in a row with a defender in his face that gave the Bears their biggest lead at 56-43 with 8:38 remaining.

Josh Scott had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Buffaloes, who shot 33 percent and went 2 of 19 from 3-point range.

Austin and Jefferson helped the Bears pull away after a slow start. Jefferson missed a wide-open, two-handed dunk after an offensive rebound, and Scott hit a layup to pull Colorado to 64-58 with 2:19 remaining.

Jefferson missed again on a jump hook in the lane, but Askia Booker couldn't hit a jumper on the other end. The Bears pushed the lead back to eight when Jefferson drove the lane and passed to Austin for a short bank shot from the left side of the lane with 47 seconds left.

Austin finished with five points and four rebounds.

Each team had a player foul out in the first game with the new hand-check rule — Xavier Johnson for Colorado and Baylor's Taurean Prince, who had 10 points and eight rebounds.



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