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January 4, 2014

Baylor cruises past Savannah State

WACO, Texas — Taurean Prince thinks he’s starting to better understand his role with Baylor. The results back him up.

For the second consecutive game Prince came off the bench to provide a spark for the ninth-ranked Bears, scoring 12 of his 15 points in the first half of an 80-50 win over Savannah State.

Cory Jefferson had 13 points for Baylor (12-1), and Isaiah Austin and Rico Gathers each scored 11 as Baylor won its 12th consecutive home game.

“It’s just a learning process, and I’m just trying to find where I fit and try to be the best at what I do,” said Prince, a sophomore. In his freshman year, he played in 24 games, and didn’t start any of those either. He has played in all 12 of the Bears’ games this season without making a start.

On Monday, Prince came off the bench and scored 16 in Baylor’s 81-55 win over Oral Roberts. And not being in the starting lineup isn’t a concern of his.

“I think our coaching staff never doubts (Prince’s) offense,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “We’re always encouraging him about the other end, and he’s gotten better and better. Because of his length and athleticism, he can be an impact defensive player as well as an offensive player. So, really pleased with the progress he’s made there.”

Joshua Montgomery made four 3-pointers and scored 14 of his 15 points in the first half for Savannah State (2-12).

Baylor improved to 25-9 in January since 2009-10. The Bears’ only loss this season was to then No. 8 Syracuse in Hawaii in November.

Jefferson hit a 3 — his second of the game and fourth of the season — to give Baylor a 45-28 lead with 1:41 left in the first half, and the Bears led 46-30 at the break. Baylor was 6 of 8 on its 3-point attempts in the half, and shot 75 percent from the field.

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