Bears crush Cyclones

Celebrating it's 100th year of basketball, Baylor honored its all-centennial team in Waco on Saturday both with a halftime celebration and a 91-73 victory over Iowa State.

Playing without their 3rd leading scorer, freshman Henry Dugat who was out with an illness, the Bears had to find other ways to score. They did that and more reaching their highest point total of the season with 5 players reaching double figures.

Junior forward Patrick Fields led all scorers with 22 points coming on a dizzying array of drives to the bucket that also resulted in 7 of 10 free throws. It was a day of 7's for freshman Kevin Rogers as he scored a career high 17 points including 7 of 7 from the free throw line and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Fields and Rogers played nice, but the MVP of the game was probably sophomore guard Aaron Bruce. Bruce, who had trouble standing up on a few occasions because of injuries, had 16 points, 6 rebounds an extremely important 9 assists to only 1 turnover.

Mamadou Diene had a career high 10 points to go along with his 8 rebounds. Perhaps sensing a big day out of the big man, Baylor's student support group the Bear Pit held up a sign that said "Nobody blocks shots like our Mamadou;" he didn't disappoint with 4 blocks on the afternoon. The Bears leading scorer on the season, freshman guard Curtis Jerrells, had a tough day with 7 turnovers to only 2 assists, but did manage to score 13 points and pull down 5 boards.

Iowa State was led by their backcourt duo of Curtis Stinson and Will Blaylock, who had 15 and 20 points, respectively. Stinson struggled most of the afternoon though as he had to put up 18 shots and 4 free throws to attain his 15 point total. The entire Cyclone team seemed to have trouble finding their range shooting 37% from the field and only 27% from the 3 point line.

The Bears meanwhile shot 55% from the floor and made 24 of 30 from the free throw line for an outstanding 80% mark. Baylor will look for its 4th home victory in 5 games when it takes on Texas Tech on Wednesday.


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