LAS VEGAS — Pierre Jackson scored eight consecutive points during regulation and overtime to lift No. 6 Baylor to an 83-81 victory over West Virginia on Friday night in the Las Vegas Classic championship game.
Jackson finished with 23 points while Brady Heslip added 19 and Quincy Acy had 15.
Baylor (12-0), one of six unbeatens in Division I, tied the game at 76 on Jackson’s 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in regulation.
The Bears led 83-78 with 2:02 left in overtime following another 3 by Jackson and field goals by Gary Franklin and Acy.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 4 Louisville 70, Western Kentucky 60|
|No. 6 Baylor 83, West Virginia 81|
|No. 13 Wisconsin 79, Mississippi Valley State 45|
|Wagner 59, No. 15 Pittsburgh 54|
|No. 21 UNLV 85, California 68|
Jabarie Hinds’ 3-pointer brought the Mountaineers (9-3) within 83-81, but his shot at the buzzer fell short of the rim.
Kevin Jones had 28 points and 17 rebounds for the Mountaineers while Hinds had 18 points and seven assists and Darryl Bryant had 16 points.
The Mountaineers rallied from a 69-63 deficit and tied the score on consecutive 3-pointers by Hinds and Bryant. They took the lead for the first time since halftime at 74-71 when Bryant made three free throws with 2:51 left.
The remainder of the Mountaineers’ points in regulation were scored by Rutledge with two free throws with 2:23 left, the last scoring until Jackson made his 3-pointer with 18 seconds left.
The Bears took a 32-30 lead on Acy’s putback and then outscored the Mountaineers 8-3 over the rest of the first half.
Heslip scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting in the first half while Jones had 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals in the opening 20 minutes.