Baylor improves to 4-0 in finale before Maui trip

WACO, Texas (AP) – Cory Jefferson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double this season and Isaiah Austin also scored 16 points as No. 20 Baylor defeated Charleston Southern 69-64 on Wednesday.

The Buccaneers trailed 67-64 and had the ball in the final minute, but Saah Nimley missed a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left, then stepped out of bounds trying to set up for another shot after Charleston Southern got the rebound.

The Bears improved to 4-0 heading into Monday’s game against Chaminade in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Will Saunders scored 16 points for the Buccaneers (2-3). Sheldon Strickland added 14 points, going 4-for-5 on 3-pointers. The Buccaneers were 12-for-26 from behind the arc overall.

Baylor had a 44-28 rebounding advantage and made seven of its 15 3-point attempts – Brady Heslip was 3-for-6 on the way to 11 points.