Kenny Chery had 13 points, starting the game with a 3-pointer and a three-point play to put No. 19 Baylor ahead to stay in a 77-57 victory over TCU on Wednesday night.
The Bears (17-5, 5-4 Big 12), who had five players scoring in double figures, led throughout after scoring the game’s first eight points.
TCU (14-8, 1-8) was within 45-39 with just over 15 minutes left before Royce O’Nealeconverted a three-point play and hit a 3-pointer from the left wing after a pass from Chery. The Bears pushed in front 58-39 when Rico Gathers made a layup with 12:45 left.
Gathers finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Chery also had six assists and five rebounds.
After the pass to O’Neale for the 3 in Baylor’s big second-half run, Chery had another assist when he crossed midcourt and passed ahead to Al Freeman. The freshman point guard took a stutter-step without traveling or putting the ball on the floor to get around defender Kyan Anderson for a layup. Freeman had a 3-pointer for the next Baylor points.
The Bears have won 17 of their last 18 home games, the lone loss in that span by one point to No. 12 Kansas a month ago.