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Heslip 3s pace Baylor, 112-66 over Long Beach St

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm •  Published: March 20, 2013

WACO, Texas (AP) — Brady Heslip scored 26 points while making eight 3-pointers and Baylor hit a season-high 16 shots from long range in a 112-66 victory over Long Beach State in a first-round NIT game Wednesday night.

Heslip had three early 3s, pushing the Bears to a 16-6 lead in the first 4 minutes, when he had already made long-range shots from the left corner, left wing and top of the key.

"Just showing I could balance it out," said Heslip, whose next 3 was from the right wing. "I love it when teams play zone. Guys made a couple of extra passes early, found me when I was open."

The Big 12's Bears (19-14) kept a double-figure lead after a 3-pointer by Gary Franklin, who lives about a half-hour from the Long Beach State campus, made it 23-12 with 14:25 left in the first half.

"In 30 years of coaching basketball, this is as noncompetitive as I have ever had a team," Long Beach State coach Dan Monson said.

"Right from the start, we just stood around, and they took everything to us," he said. "You let a team like this get into rhythm and it is going to be a long night. And that's exactly what happened."

Baylor shot 64 percent overall (40 of 63) and even better from long range, making 70 percent of their 3s (16 of 23). It was the highest-scoring postseason game ever for the Bears, who had seven players score in double figures.

Cory Jefferson had 15 points and eight rebounds. Taurean Prince had 14 points, Isaiah Austin 13, Franklin and Pierre Jackson 11 and Deuce Bello 10. A.J. Walton had nine of Baylor's 31 assists on their 40 field goals.

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