Chery leads Baylor past Louisiana

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Updated: November 17, 2013

Waco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Kenny Chery scored 20 points while Cory
Jefferson added 16 points with 10 rebounds as No. 23 Baylor defeated
Louisiana, 87-68, on Sunday.

Brady Heslip scored 19 points off the bench for the Bears (3-0), who took
their first lead with 9:43 left in the first half and never trailed again.

Rico Gathers hit two free throws and Chery buried a three to cap a 13-2 run
and give the host team a 16-11 advantage.

The Ragin’ Cajuns (2-2) trailed 33-22 at halftime and made things interesting
with an 8-2 run out of the break to cut the deficit to five, but that is as
close as they would come.

Elfrid Payton scored 20 points with nine rebounds and six assists for
Louisiana, while Shawn Long netted 16 points with eight rebounds in the
loss.

Louisiana jumped out to a 9-3 lead after Payton and Steven Wronkowski hit
back-to-back triples, but had trouble with the length of Baylor throughout the
night.

Baylor limited Louisiana to just 34.8 percent shooting (23-of-66), in large
part because the Bears held a 12-0 advantage in blocks.

Jefferson had two swats while Isaiah Austin blocked as many shots as he scored
points, recording eight.

The 11-point halftime deficit held true for most of the see-saw second half,
until Baylor ended the stanza on an 8-0 run to grab its largest lead of the
game.

Game Notes

Louisiana will play Oakland University next Saturday … Baylor will host
Charleston Southern on Wednesday before heading to Hawaii for the Maui
Invitational.