WACO, Texas — Taurean Prince scored 15 of his career-high 23 points off the bench when Baylor took control before halftime and went on to an 88-62 victory over instate rival TCU.
The Bears (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) won their 13th consecutive home game, the latest in the streak coming four days after they lost their conference opener 87-72 at No. 9 Iowa State.
Baylor went ahead to stay against TCU (9-6, 0-3) with a 16-3 run midway through the first half. Prince had a pair of layups in the 5-minute spurt that Brady Heslip capped with a 3-pointer that made it 25-14.
Brady Heslip had 15 points on five 3-pointers for Baylor, while Isaiah Austin had 14 points. Cory Jefferson had 11 points and 14 rebounds, his sixth double-double this season, while Rico Gathers had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Brandon Parrish had 16 points to lead TCU.
No. 2 Syracuse 57, North Carolina 45: C.J. Fair scored 20 points, Jerami Grant had 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and No. 2 Syracuse beat North Carolina 57-45 Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference marquee matchup.
Syracuse (16-0, 3-0) evened its all-time record against the North Carolina (10-6, 0-3) to 4-4. UNC started 0-2 in ACC play three times in the past five years and five times overall, and the loss to Syracuse equaled the worst conference start in school history in 1996-97, Dean Smith’s final year as head coach.
It was the fewest points scored by North Carolina since posting 44 in a loss to Duke in 1979.
No. 5 Michigan State 87, Minnesota 75, OT: Keith Appling scored 24 points to help No. 5 Michigan State beat Minnesota after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half and blowing a lead late in regulation.
The Spartans (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) scored 15 straight points while holding the Golden Gophers (13-4, 2-2) scoreless for nearly 8 minutes after trailing 53-43 with 15:57 left.
Michigan State missed an opportunity to win in regulation for the second straight game, losing a five-point lead in the last 13 seconds.
No. 10 Florida 84, Arkansas 82, OT: Dorian Finney-Smith scored a career-high 22 points as No. 10 Florida overcame the absence of leading scorer Casey Prather to snap Arkansas’ 23-game home winning streak.
Finney-Smith, starting in place of Prather, also added a season-high 15 rebounds as the Gators (13-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) won their seventh in row.
No. 14 Kentucky 71, Vanderbilt 62: Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points, and Kentucky beat Vanderbilt for the Wildcats’ fourth straight victory.
Aaron Harrison added 14 points and Andrew Harrison 10 and Kentucky (12-3, 2-0) started off a two-game road swing through the Southeastern Conference with a win. Julius Randle had 10 of his 11 rebounds in the first half.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has nine freshmen, the same number of total players Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings has available right now with leading scorer Eric McClellan first suspended from the university Wednesday before being dismissed from the program on Friday.
Clemson 72, No. 16 Duke 59: K.J. McDaniels scored 24 points and Jaron Blossomgame had career highs with 14 points and 14 rebounds as Clemson defeated Duke, the Blue Devils second straight Atlantic Coast Conference road loss.
Duke (12-4, 1-2 ACC) led 36-26 late in the first half before the Tigers (11-4, 2-1) put together a 37-18 run over the next 14 minutes to take control. Blossomgame’s second 3-pointer of the half put Clemson ahead for good, 57-54, and Adonis Filer followed moments later with a driving layup to increase the lead.
No. 18 Kansas 86, No. 25 Kasas State 60: Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, fellow freshman Wayne Selden added 20 and Kansas beat Kansas State in its latest Sunflower Showdown beat down.
Another of the Jayhawks’ ballyhooed freshmen, Joel Embiid, contributed 11 points and nine rebounds, and Perry Ellis scored 12 in their sixth straight win over their I-70 rivals.
Kansas (11-4, 2-0 Big 12) shot 56 percent from the field and committed just seven turnovers while beating the Wildcats (12-4, 2-1) for the 48th time in the last 51 meetings. That includes eight wins in the Big 12 tournament, among them last year’s championship game.
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