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No. 23 Baylor beats Louisiana-Lafayette 87-68

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm •  Published: November 17, 2013

WACO, Texas (AP) — Kenny Chery, the new point guard for No. 23 Baylor, showed up for the postgame news conference wearing a vest and a bowtie with a backpack draped over his shoulders.

Chery is also starting to look sharp on the floor for the Bears, scoring 20 points with four assists and no turnovers in 32 minutes Sunday to help lead them to an 87-68 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette at home in an opening-round game of the Maui Invitational.

"I've never seen a player look this good ever in my career here," said guard Brady Heslip, sporting a long-sleeve Baylor T-shirt while checking out his fellow Canadian.

Chery's 3-pointer capped an early 15-5 run that put the Bears (3-0) ahead to stay after their sluggish start. Also in the spurt, he also had a jumper and an assist on the first of several impressive slam dunks by Cory Jefferson.

"Kenny played a tremendous game," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "Since Day 1 he's been very diligent and coachable. He doesn't try to do too much and has been a great teammate. It's hard to go 7 for 10 with 20 points, four assists and zero turnovers but he's been very good in practice and we felt comfortable that he was going to be successful."

Chery took over as Baylor's starting point guard this year after the departure of Pierre Jackson, who was also a junior college transfer before being the Big 12 leader in scoring and assists and leading the Bears to an NCAA regional final and an NIT championship the past two seasons.

"Definitely, I'm feeling more comfortable," Chery said. "The first two games, it was just about adjusting to the team, adjusting to the new level, it's totally different from junior college. Playing with those guys, I'm just going to keep working and adjusting to Isaiah and Cory and Brady, all those new guys that I'm playing with. It's so many weapons, so I'm really comfortable now."

Heslip added 19 points in his 22 minutes while Jefferson finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Isaiah Austin had eight points on just 3-of-9 shooting, but had six rebounds and eight blocked shots.

Elfrid Payton had 20 points and Shawn Long 16 to lead the Ragin' Cajuns (2-2). Both came in averaging more than 21 a game.

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