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Baylor Loses to Marquette As Big 12-BIG EAST Battle Begins

NCAA Basketball: Texas at Baylor

The Baylor Bears fell to the Marquette Golden Eagles, 96-70, in the first game of the Big 12-BIG EAST Battle, which continues through Sunday.

The Battle pits each of the Big 12’s teams against each of the BIG EAST’s teams at campus sites.

Baylor, ranked No. 6 in the country, was in trouble right away, as they had problems possessing the ball throughout the first half. Baylor had 20 turnovers for the game, but the swell of turnovers in the first half helped the Golden Eagles to a 51-25 lead at halftime.


From there, Marquette (5-2), which is led by former Texas coach Shaka Smart, cruised to hand the Bears (5-2) their second loss of the season.

LJ Cryer led the Bears with 19 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor and hitting three 3-pointers. Adam Flagler scored 16 points and hit four 3-pointers. Freshman Keyonte George added 12 points. The Bears did outrebound the Golden Eagles, 30-22. But, Marquette shot nearly 60 percent from the field.

Olivier-Maxence Prosper led the Golden Eagles with 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting.

Big 12-BIG EAST Battle Schedule, Results

(Game times are central)

BIG EAST leads, 1-0


Marquette 96, Baylor 70


Kansas State at Butler, 5:30 p.m., FS1

Georgetown at Texas Tech, 7 p.m., ESPN+

Providence at TCU, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now/ESPN+


Oklahoma State at UConn, 5:30 p.m., FS1

Creighton at Texas, 6 p.m., ESPN

Seton Hall at Kansas, 8 p.m., ESPN


Oklahoma at Villanova, 11 a.m., CBS

West Virginia at Xavier, 5:30 p.m.


St. John’s at Iowa State, 2 p.m., ESPN2

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