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O’Neale helps No. 22 Baylor rout Norfolk State 92-51

WACO, Texas (AP) — Royce O’Neale scored 15 points of his career-best 23 points in the opening minutes of the second half to lead No. 22 Baylor to a 92-51 win over Norfolk State on Tuesday night.

Rico Gathers added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Baylor (11-1). Taurean Prince and Al Freeman scored 13 each.

Jeff Short had 23 points and D’Shon Taylor scored 11 for Norfolk State (9-6). Rashid Gaston had 10 rebounds and six points.

O’Neale had a 3 to open the second-half scoring, and then with Baylor holding a 40-29 lead, he took over. After a dunk by Gathers and one free throw by Johnathan Motley, O’Neale hit 3s on Baylor’s next four possessions. After Lester Medford converted a 3-point play, the Bears led 55-29 with 14:41 left in the game and the game was effectively over.

O’Neale scored five consecutive points as Baylor took an early 12-8 lead. From there, Norfolk went on an 11-2 run — spurred by 3s from Taylor and Short — and took a 19-14 lead with 11:31 to play, prompting Baylor coach Scott Drew to call a timeout.

On the Bears’ next possession, Motley was called for an offensive foul as he was starting a short drive to the basket. After that, however, Baylor went on an 11-2 run of its own to take the lead back, 25-21, at the 5:50 mark. O’Neale hit a 3 and Prince converted a three-point play during the stint.

Prince hit a 3 in front of the Norfolk bench at the buzzer to give Baylor a 32-27 halftime lead.


Baylor: Baylor and Virginia are the only two teams in the country to hold all of their opponents to 66 or fewer points.

Norfolk State: The Spartans are coming off three consecutive wins: 88-49 over Virginia-Wise; 81-62 over Northern Arizona; and a 74-71 overtime decision at James Madison. James Short scored 30 in the win over James Madison.


Norfolk State plays at Georgia on Saturday.

Baylor opens Big 12 play Saturday at Oklahoma.

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