Baylor outlasts Northwestern State in OT

Updated: December 19, 2013

Waco, TX ( – Kenny Chery netted 12 of his 20 points in
overtime and dished out 10 assists as No. 12 Baylor held off Northwestern
State, 91-84, on Wednesday night.

Jalan West nailed a game-tying 3-pointer with 14 seconds left in regulation to
send the game into an extra session, where Baylor (9-1) used a 10-2 run to put
the game away.

West’s triple concluded a wild sequence.

West tried to feed DeQuan Hicks in the post on the right block, but Hicks lost
his balance once he got the pass and attempted to save the ball from going out
of bounds by throwing it off a Baylor player. The ball went right to West, who
took a dribble to his left and knocked down the straightaway 3.

A Brison White jumper pulled the Demons within 82-80 with 2:12 to go in
overtime before Chery drove in for an uncontested layup, drained a
triple and sunk two free throws on three straight trips down the floor to
cap the surge and make it 89-80 with 25 ticks remaining.

Cory Jefferson had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears, who have won three
straight since falling to Syracuse in the Maui Invitational title game on Nov.

West finished with 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for
Northwestern State (4-6), which has dropped six of its last eight.

The game was tied 38-38 at the break before Jefferson scored six points during
a 13-5 swing, which was capped on Taurean Prince’s three-point play for a
54-45 Baylor advantage with 15:08 left in the second half.

Gary Franklin’s behind-the-back pass to Jefferson for an emphatic dunk gave
Baylor a 74-69 edge with less than three minutes left in the period, but
consecutive jumpers by West and White whittled the deficit to 74-73 with 1:11
to go.

Jefferson then sunk a pair of foul shots before West knotted the game.

Game Notes

Baylor played its first game in 12 days … Rico Gathers had 19 points and 10
boards for the Bears.