No. 20 Baylor Rallies From 22 Down to Top No. 10 Louisville in Bahamas
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — King McClure scored all 15 of his points in the second half and No. 20 Baylor rallied from 22 down to beat No. 10 Louisville 66-63 on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game.
Johnathan Motley also had 15 points, and Terry Maston had 10 of his 12 in the final 20 minutes. The Bears (6-0) shot 65 percent in the second half in a stunning reversal from a start that saw the Cardinals shut down just about everything.
Louisville led by 22 points late in the first half, by 20 early in the second and 54-42 on Quentin Snider’s 3-pointer at the 10:07 mark. But the Bears responded with a 21-5 run, with Motley putting the ball on the floor to drive by Anas Mahmoud for the go-ahead dunk with 2:11 left.
Motley was selected the tournament MVP.
Donovan Mitchell scored 17 points for Louisville (5-1). The Cardinals shot just 33 percent (9 of 27) in the second half.
BIG PICTURELouisville: This one’s going to be hard for coach Rick Pitino to stomach. After holding Baylor to 39 percent in the first half, Louisville’s defense just couldn’t slow the Bears when they finally got rolling after halftime — aided by a couple of transition points off turnovers.
Baylor: Coach Scott Drew’s team followed a win against ranked Oregon last week by beating two straight ranked teams — No. 24 Michigan State and now the 10th-ranked Cardinals — on two straight days.
Louisville: The Cardinals host Purdue on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Baylor: The Bears return home to face Sam Houston State on Wednesday night.
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