- Associated Press - Friday, November 21, 2014

WACO, Texas (AP) - Taurean Prince and Rico Gathers helped Baylor avoid a letdown on a night when the Bears’ top two scorers and much of their offense struggled.

Prince scored 15 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting and Gathers bounced back from a foul-plagued game with 12 points and 13 rebounds as Baylor remained perfect against Prairie View with a 60-45 victory Friday night.

“It definitely made me come out with a chip on my shoulder,” said Gathers, who was scoreless with one rebound and four fouls in the Bears’ 69-65 victory at South Carolina on Tuesday. “I just had to come out there and be the man that I am.”

Prince scored five points for the Bears (3-0) in a 9-0 run midway through the first half, putting them ahead by double figures. That spurt came after John Brisco’s 3-pointer got Prairie View within 15-14.

Johnathan Motley and Kenny Chery scored a combined 28 points a game in Baylor’s first two games, but the duo was only 3-of-10 shooting for 10 points against Prairie View (0-4).

“They did a great job of controlling the tempo,” coach Scott Drew said of Prairie View. “I was really disappointed with our execution on the offensive end of the court.”

Brisco and Karim York each had 13 points for the Panthers, who missed eight of their last 10 shots before halftime, when they trailed 37-22. They never got closer than 13 points after that.

Baylor shot 47 percent from the field (21 of 44), but had 18 turnovers, four more than the Panthers. Prairie View shot only 35 percent, including 5-of-21 on 3-pointers.

Still, the Bears are 3-0 for the eighth year in a row under Drew. They are 13-0 in their series against Prairie View, though this game wasn’t as lopsided as many in the past.

“I was disappointed by the whole game. I felt like we should have beaten them by more,” Prince said. “They played harder than us, it’s as simple as that.”

Baylor had won the previous 12 games in the series by an average margin of 31 points, including 90-54 when they last played three years ago. All of those games have been in Waco.

“I think first, you’ve got to credit Prairie View,” Drew said. “Sometimes when you go down, you start rushing things, but they were content making it a possession game.”

This game was part of the Las Vegas Invitational tournament, and both teams have one more campus-site game Monday night before going to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving.

TIP-INS

Baylor: The Bears have allowed opponents to score only 42 points per game in their two home games this season.

Prairie View A&M;: The Panthers already have losses to three Big 12 schools. They also dropped games at TCU and Oklahoma State the first week of the season.

CLOSER THAN USUAL

Only one other Baylor game against Prairie View has been closer than a 22-point margin, a 13-point win in 1996. The Bears had scored at least 90 points in the previous five meetings, and in 10 of the first 12. The latest win improved the Bears’ record against SWAC teams to 45-0.

UP NEXT

Baylor plays Stephen F. Austin at home Monday.

Prairie View A&M; plays at Memphis on Monday.

LONE STAR WINNING

Baylor is 24-4 against instate opponents since 2011-12, and 38-8 against Lone Star State teams since 2009-10.


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