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This rout was just beginning.

The Bears flexed their muscles in a lineup built for the rigors of the Big 12. Austin is 7-foot-1 and he teamed with 6-10 forward Cory Jefferson in the frontcourt. When Creighton missed a shot, the typical result was three Bears under the basket with no Bluejays around.

Baylor’s bench was just as intimidating. When reserve forward Rico Gathers pushed his 6-foot-8, 270-pound frame through the lane for a layup, two Creighton defenders were powerless to stop him.

By the time Baylor had built a 20-point halftime lead, McDermott had taken only three shots, made one and had two fouls.

“We knew we had them on their heels,” Austin said. “We wanted to step on their throat.”

Even when Creighton got a spark - Ethan Wragge made two 3-pointers early in the second half - Baylor matched basket for basket, denying any hopes of a rally.

Jefferson slammed down an alley-oop dunk as Baylor took a 58-34 with just more than 12 minutes to play. Gathers added another rim-rattler a few minutes later, his broad shoulders soaring to the basket to punctuate the night.

“I’m not sure it was Baylor being that good or us being that bad,” Greg McDermott said. “Over the course of the season you’re going to have a few clunkers. We had one at the wrong time.”