No. 12 Baylor beats Southern U. 81-56

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WACO, Texas (AP) - Isaiah Austin had 14 points and 10 rebounds as No. 12 Baylor won its 10th straight home game, beating Southern University 81-56 on Sunday.

Austin had his first double-double of the season while leading five players in double-figure scoring for the Bears (10-1).

Brady Heslip had 13 points for Baylor, while Cory Jefferson and Rico Gathers both had 12. Kenny Chery had 10 points.

Tre Lynch had 27 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Southern (3-9).

The Jaguars, who made it to the NCAA tournament last season as the SWAC tournament champions, are 0-4 against Top 25 teams this season. They were coming off a 69-43 loss at top-ranked Arizona on Thursday night.

Jefferson had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting by halftime, when Baylor led 36-26.

Baylor had a 32-16 lead after an 8-0 run when jumpers by Jefferson nearly 5 minutes apart provided bookends for the spurt, with four free throws in between.

At the same time, Southern went 6:48 between baskets _ and points.

Lynch's 3-pointer with 3 minutes left in the first half finally ended the drought by the Jaguars, who then had a 10-1 run to get within 33-26. But they never got closer after Cameron Monroe's layup with 1:18 left.

The Bears had the 10-point halftime lead and that gap was only cut to seven even as they went more than 5 minutes before making a field goal.

Royce O'Neal had a layup for Baylor's first basket after halftime, making it 43-30 with 14:39 left. Austin added a jumper 42 seconds later.

Baylor, the defending NIT champion which has won 15 of its last 16 games overall with the lone loss to No. 2 Syracuse last month in Hawaii, won't play again until Dec. 30 against Oral Roberts. That is one of two non-conference games left for the Bears before opening Big 12 play Jan. 7 at Iowa State.

YonDarius Johnson and Calvin Godfrey entered the game as Southern's top scorers, averaging 12.6 and 12.4 points per game, respectively. Johnson had scored two points in his 19 minutes while Godfrey was scoreless, going 0 for 4 in 20 minutes while dealing with foul trouble throughout the game.

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