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Baylor raises home run to 12

Baylor’s Taurean Prince Bears dunks for two of his 15 points in a win against Savannah State.

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Baylor’s Taurean Prince Bears dunks for two of his 15 points in a win against Savannah State.

WACO, Texas — Taurean Prince believes 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 No. 9 Bears, scoring 12 of his 15 points in the first half of an 80-50 win over Savannah State on Friday.

Cory Jefferson scored 13 for Baylor (12-1), and Isaiah Austin and Rico Gathers each scored 11 as the Bears won their 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 but didn't start.

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.

N. Illinois 65, Bethune-Cookman 51: Clemmye Owens sank a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, but his visiting Wildcats (2-15) lost for the 13th straight time.

No. 19 North Carolina: Sophomore center Joel James (sprained knee ligament) is not likely to play Sunday when the team opens ACC play at Wake Forest, but coach Roy Williams wouldn't completely rule him out just yet.

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No. 4 Stanford 96, Oregon 66: Chiney Ogwumike had 33 points and 14 rebounds to become the Pac-12's all-time leading rebounder as the Cardinal (12-1, 1-0) won the conference opener for both schools. Ogwumike has 1,271 rebounds and moved past Kayla Pedersen's previous conference and Stanford record of 1,266.

No. 7 Louisville: Guard Antonita Slaughter, who collapsed last month because of a blood clot, was cleared to play as early as today against Cincinnati. At first, coach Jeff Walz said Slaughter would miss the rest of the season after she collapsed on the bench against Missouri State. Further tests at the Mayo Clinic determined the clot had cleared and that medication was no longer required.

Baylor raises home run to 12 01/03/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 4, 2014 12:35am]
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