No. 5 MBB leads Northern Colorado, 95-62

By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Insiders

Doused in the dressing room at a celebration for his 400thth victory at Baylor, Scott Drew said he was ready for a good hot shower after the fifth-ranked Bears defeated Northern Colorado 95-62 in front of a crowd of 8,548 at the Ferrell Center on Monday night.
Reigning Big 12 Player of the Week Adam Flagler recorded his second double-double of his career with 13 points and 10 assists, one of five Baylor players to score in double digits, and also assisted on Drew’s cold shower.
“It was incredible,” said Flagler, who has now hit 25 double digits in his last 27 games. “I’m a bit wet right now because we had a little water shower with him. He tried to run. But it’s just amazing to be a part of something so special, how he glorifies God in everything he does. I’m just glad to be a part of it, to be honest.”
Drew thanked the players, coaches and administrators who have been a part of his 400 wins and the fans who have been there over the past 19+ seasons. He has a 400-222 record at Baylor and a career record of 420-233 that includes a year at Valparaiso.
“God gave us great players, great coaches, great administrators and great fans,” Drew said. “When they say 400, that’s a team award, a team honor… I really wasn’t thinking about 400 wins (when I came here in 2003). We were just trying to get a full team of grantees and compete.
“That’s what makes Waco and the Baylor family so special. People come here and are treated so kindly and warmly. Because of the people and family atmosphere of Waco, it’s hard to leave this place.”
Flagler and LJ Weiner hit 3-point bookends in an early 13-0 run that increased Baylor’s lead to a double-digit 15-5. After hitting just 2 of 13 shots in Friday’s 87-70 win over Norfolk State, Cryer bounced back and scored 50% overall (8 of 16) and an efficient 4-on-9 from 3-point range, to score game high 20 points.
“We see it in practice every day.” Drew said of Cryer. “If he misses it, you’re like, ‘Really?’ Excited for him because he works so hard.”
Northern Colorado drew within 17-10 on a 3-pointer from Daylen Kountz, who led the visiting Braves by 19 points. But BU responded with 13 straight points, rising to 28-10 and going into half-time with a 44-26 lead.
“Coach B (Alvin Brooks III) always tells me to hit the ball,” he said Dal Bonner, who had 12 points, six steals, four boards and four assists in 23 minutes off the bench. “I’m just trying to smother the defenders and make them uncomfortable. We always talk about trying to be one step ahead of the ball handler and playing on the passing paths.”
To put an end to all doubts, the Bears had a 21-1 run over a seven-minute period that stretched them to a 32-point (74-39) lead Flo Thamba scored a court by Flagler with 8:13 in the game.
student in the first year Keyonte George struggled with his shot but had a solid all-around game with 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Jalen Bridges and Bonner gave the Bears two more double-digit scorers with 15 and 12, respectively, while BYU switched Kaleb Lohner had six points, 10 rebounds and two steals from the bench.
“Dale is someone who we thought would spend a year developing last year, and he was able to help us win last year,” Drew said of Bonner, who became only the fifth player in program history to do more than 6 steals scored in multiple games. “And he has taken another step forward. Dale is a great player and helps you win in so many different ways.”
Drew’s 400th Baylor won nearly 19 years to the day of his first when the Bears defeated Texas Southern 72-59 on November 22, 2003.
“It was a lot closer than that game,” Drew said. “I was really proud of these guys for this win. I think a couple of guys probably played 38, 39 minutes. And between the spasms, they were excited to claim the win. Other times, full of squads, we don’t have to have three or four infusions after every game now.”
In their first real tests of the season, the Bears will play the Continental Tire Main Event in Las Vegas, opening at 16th-ranked Virginia (2-0) Friday at 2 p.m. CST at T-Mobile Arena. They will take on either No. 8 UCLA (3-0) or No. 19 Illinois (3-0) at either 2:00 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
“Another opportunity to win on a big stage and we’re just ready for it,” said Flagler. “We’re definitely ready for it. We look forward to going to Las Vegas.”