WACO, Texas (AP) — Kenny Chery was wondering how he missed that layup at the end of regulation. Baylor's point guard more than made up for it in overtime.
Chery scored 12 of his 20 points in the extra period for the 12th-ranked Bears, who returned from an extended break with a 91-84 victory over Northwestern State on Wednesday night.
"That's a layup I usually make," Chery said of the shot with 2 seconds left in regulation that he said wasn't blocked. "In overtime, I needed to be aggressive. We needed to come out with a win."
Chery had a steal in the first minute of overtime after Sabri Thompson lost control of the ball. Chery picked it up and drove to make a tough short jumper while being fouled. He shouted out while still sitting on the court after the ball went through the hoop to put the Bears (9-1) ahead to stay. He added the free throw.
There was an assist for Chery on Gary Franklin's 3-pointer in the extra period. After Brison White's jumper got Northwestern State within 82-80 with 2 minutes left, Chery drove for a layup and then made a 3-pointer after a shot-clock violation by the Demons (4-6).
"He'll probably be mad about that shot he didn't make to win it at the end of regulation," Baylor coach Scott Drew said of Chery, correctly predicting the junior college transfer who is now his starting point guard.
"He did a great job in overtime," Drew said. "He controlled the tempo, and made a lot of great plays."
Royce O'Neal missed a putback after Chery's miss.
Cory Jefferson had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Baylor, which was playing for the first time in 12 days. Rico Gathers had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Franklin added 11 points.
Jalan West had 26 points for Northwestern State, including a tying 3-pointer with 14 seconds left in regulation.
"Actually I thought I missed it," West said. "I was excited when I saw it go in."
DeQuan Hicks and Zikiteran Woodley had 15 points each for the Demons, and White had 11.
Jefferson had a thunderous two-handed dunk after a behind-the-back pass from Franklin with 2:49 left in regulation that gave the Bears a 74-69 lead, but that wasn't enough to avoid overtime.