Shelton, a guard, hit 12 of 15 from the field, including a running 3-pointer to beat the first-quarter buzzer. Baker was 6 of 9 after the half with all the 3s.
“He’s athletic enough to get his shot off, but I’d like to see him go to the basket more,” Seymour said of his high-scoring senior guard, who at just 6-1 already has a couple dunks this season. “That would open up his outside game even more.”
His outside game may have opened some things up inside for Alex Borgerding, who added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Royals.
Afterward, Baker remained zeroed in on how it all started.
“We should have come out stronger. We just kind of came out scared,” he said. “We came back. We should have won.”
There will be other chances.
In a season in which everything is pretty new for the Royals, they have a long time (and a better schedule) to get things right.
“This is obviously more fun … We want to play good games like this,” Seymour said. “We really think we have a chance to do some things in the playoffs.”
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