WACO, TX (A-STATE) – Devin Carter scored 20-plus points for the second consecutive game, but No. 25 Baylor shot 48 percent from the field to down Arkansas State 94-72 Friday afternoon at the Ferrell Center.
Carter, who had 22 points Wednesday at Oregon, followed it up with 20 points to lead A-State (2-4) at Baylor (4-1). Anthony Livingston also had 20 points for the Red Wolves and five rebounds. Taurean Price led Baylor with 25 points while Rico Gathers posted a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
“We aren’t a very good defensive team yet and that’s one thing I thought my teams always did well,” said A-State head coach John Brady. “This team hasn’t done that well, but on the other hand Baylor has some weapons. They shot over us and were too physical around the goal for us.”
Trailing 48-26 with 2:39 remaining in the first half, A-State used a 6-0 run to close the first half facing a 48-32 halftime deficit. The Red Wolves maintained momentum to start the second half by going on an 11-2 run to cut the Bears lead to 50-43 with 17:43 remaining.
After using a timeout, Price hit a jumper in the paint to put the Bears up by nine, 52-43, the start of a 8-0 run to take a commanding 15-point lead at 58-43. After the Price bucket, Carter drove to the rim, but was whistled for an offensive foul. A steal by Sean Gardner gave the Red Wolves a chance to get back within seven, but Gardner slipped on a jump stop in the lane and missed a jumper and Lester Munford drained a 3-pointer to stop any momentum the Red Wolves had gained.
A 24-10 run over eight minutes by Baylor helped the Bears earn their largest lead of the game, a 30-point advantage with 3:21 remaining. The Red Wolves scored the last eight points of the game to set the final score of 94-72, the fifth time in six games to top 70 or more points.
“Our team did some really good things tonight,” said Brady. “Offensively we scored 72 points and that ought to be good enough relative to who we are going to play. Baylor over powered us and they have a really good team.”
A-State and Baylor were tied 5-5 in the first two minutes, but an 8-0 run over 1:46 of action helped the Bears gain a 13-5 lead with 16:05 left in first half. Two free throws by Donte Thomas pulled the Red Wolves within 13-7, but Baylor out-scored A-State 28-10 over the next 9:06 to hold a 41-17 advantage.
The Red Wolves shot 48.6 percent (18-37) from the field in the second half and finished the afternoon at 42 percent (29-69). Baylor was 53.6 percent (15-28) shooting in the second frame and finished 48.3 percent (29-60) on the day.
Baylor went to the charity stripe 30 times and hit 87 percent (26-30) of the free throws while the Red Wolves were a perfect 9-for-9. The Bears out-rebounded A-State 39-34 on the game, pulling down 10 first half offensive boards.
Charles Waters led A-State with seven rebounds, with four of A-State’s 14 on the offensive glass. Donte Thomas had a game-high seven assists to go with eight points and five boards and Kelvin Downs added eight points in his first start of the season.
Arkansas State returns to action Tuesday, Dec. 1, with a 8 p.m. (CT) game at Missouri. The contest is set to be televised by the SEC Network.
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