George scores 19, leads No. 11 Baylor over Washington State

Keyonte George scored five straight points that put Baylor in the lead as the 11th-ranked Bears defeated WSU 65-59 in the final game of the Coast-to-Coast Challenge.

DALLAS (AP) — Keyonte George scored five straight points that gave Baylor the ultimate lead and finished at 19, and the 11th-ranked Bears beat Washington State by 65 in Sunday night’s final game of the Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast : 59 challenge.

George, a freshman guard who has started every game for Baylor, converted two free throws that put the Bears 44-43 ahead 10:32 in the second half. After a steal from Dale Bonner on Washington State’s next possession, George hit a fading 3-pointer for a 47-43 lead with 9:46 left.

“It’s about trusting my teammates and also trusting my work,” George said.

He also led Baylor (8-2) by 22 points in his win over Tarleton State on December 6 when the team’s top two scorers, LJ Cryer and Adam Flagler, were out through injury and illness.

Flagler added 12 points for Baylor, who averaged 84.6 points 12th best in Division I.

Jabe Mullins, back in the lineup after missing four games with a knee injury, led the Cougars (4-6) with 16 points off the bench in 29 minutes. TJ Bamba added 14 points and Justin Powell 12.

“I probably played too much (Mullins), but he played really well,” said Cougars coach Kyle Smith.


Washington State: When will the Cougars put their planned starting five on court? Mullins, the team’s second-best scorer averaging 14.2 points, returned to the lineup as a reserve. They have played all season without Dishon Jackson (a midfielder who is out indefinitely due to an unspecified medical problem) and forward F Andrej Jakimovski (a guard, a foot injury).

Baylor: Played his first game after an 11-day break and will now play three games in 11 days. Will her win over Washington State be enough to put her back in the top 10? That would likely require voters to decide on No. 6 Tennessee’s loss to No. 9 Arizona this week and place them behind the Bears.


Will the Bears’ lone win of the week, six points clear of a team with a losing record, be enough to put them back in the top 10? That would likely require voters to decide this week’s loss of No. 6 Tennessee to No. 9 Arizona and place the Volunteers behind Baylor.


Bamba led the Cougars with an average of 16.7 points per game. He was held to three in the first half as he shot 1 for 5 and picked up three fouls. He played four fouls for much of the last 10 minutes. … Baylor has outscored Washington State 26-18 in points in the paint behind inside play by Flo Thamba (eight points, six rebounds) and Josh Ojianwuna (seven points). … The announced crowd of 4,200 were mostly fans of Baylor, whose campus is about 100 miles south of Dallas in Waco.


Washington State: Faces George Washington in the first of three games at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu on Thursday.

Baylor: host Northwest State on Tuesday. George scores 19, leads No. 11 Baylor over Washington State

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