Senior James Akinjo scored a career-high 27 points and also contributed nine assists and five rebounds to lead top-ranked Baylor to an easy 104-68 nonconference victory over Northwestern State on Tuesday night at Waco, Texas.
Adam Flagler tallied a season-best 21 points and had a career-best 11 assists for the Bears (12-0), who are one of five remaining unbeaten teams nationally. Jeremy Sochan registered a season-high 16 points and collected 11 rebounds and Kendall Brown had 12 points and nine rebounds for Baylor.
The Bears scored the first 13 points and were never challenged by the Demons while extending their national-best winning streak to 18 consecutive games. Baylor has recorded 10 double-digit victories this season and increased its national-best margin of victory to 26.9.
Carvell Teasett had career highs of 18 points and six 3-pointers for Northwestern State (3-11). Emareyon McDonald added 13 points and Kendal Coleman had 12 for the Demons, who were outrebounded 49-33.
No. 4 Gonzaga 93, North Alabama 63
Julian Strawther scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures as the Bulldogs routed the Lions in a nonconference game in Spokane, Wash.
It was the final tuneup before West Coast Conference play begins for Gonzaga (11-2), who extended their program-record home winning streak to 59 games.
Rasir Bolton scored 14 points for the Zags, Nolan Hickman had 13, Drew Timme tallied 12 and Anton Watson came off the bench and had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Lions (7-6) were led by senior guard C.J. Brim, who scored a career-high 15 points.
No. 17 Texas 78, Incarnate Word 33
Tre Mitchell and Dylan Disu scored 14 points each to lead a balanced attack as the 17th-ranked Longhorns produced a near-walkover in their final warmup for Big 12 Conference play with a rout of the visiting Cardinals in Austin, Texas.
Twelve players saw the court and 11 of them scored for the Longhorns (10-2), who have won four straight games and remain undefeated at home. Texas has now kept seven of its first 12 opponents below 50 points and continues to lead the nation in scoring defense.
RJ Glasper scored 13 points to pace Incarnate Word (2-11), which lost its third straight. Incarnate Word didn’t make a two-point basket until the final 38 seconds of the first half.
No. 25 Texas Tech 75, Alabama State 53
For the second time in eight days, the Hornets showed no trepidation against a ranked Big 12 Conference opponent. But their feisty effort hit an abrupt wall, resulting in a 75-53 loss to the Red Raiders in Lubbock.
Texas Tech seized command with a game-turning first-half 19-3 spurt and never looked back in its final pre-conference test. The Red Raiders (10-2) open Big 12 play on Jan. 5 at No. 8 Iowa State after their original opener against Oklahoma State was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
Davion Warren led Texas Tech with 15 points, with 11 in the first half. Gerald Liddell paced Alabama State (1-11) with 15 points and Trace Young added 14, buoyed by 4-of-9 accuracy from 3-point range.
–Field Level Media
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