McLure, Kegler help slow-starting Baylor top S. Dakota 63-57
WACO, Texas (AP) — King McClure scored 15 points, and Baylor finished the game on a 12-0 run in a 63-57 win over South Dakota on Tuesday.
Mario Kegler added 12 points for the Bears (5-2), who won despite missing 20 of their first 24 shots. Kegler, a transfer from USC making his Baylor debut, also had six rebounds and blocked three shots.
Trey Burch-Manning led South Dakota (3-3) with 17 points, including a layup with 4:58 remaining that put the Coyotes ahead 57-51.
Those were the last points for the Coyotes, who missed their final 10 shots.
Mark Vital tied the game with a layup with 2:23 remaining, and Makai Mason followed with a short jumper in the paint and a 3-pointer that put the Bears in front for good.
Tristan Clark fought through foul trouble to score all of his eight points in the second half to go with six rebounds and six blocks.
South Dakota: The Coyotes were 4 for 8 from 3-point range in the first half, but made only one of their 17 tries from distance in the second. The Coyotes appeared to be quicker to loose balls for most of the night and had a 42-41 advantage on the boards but Baylor’s length in the lane bothered them to the tune of 12 blocked shots.
Baylor: The Bears never got the tempo up to the point where they could use their athleticism in the open floor to their advantage. Kegler was anxious to get shots up early, and he missed badly on his first five before settling into the flow of the game. The Bears pounded the ball inside more in the second half and shot 50 percent (13 for 26).
South Dakota will host Cal State-Bakersfield on Saturday.
Baylor goes on the road to face Wichita State on Saturday.
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