WACO, Texas — Hardin-Simmons’ men’s basketball team hit 3-pointers on its first two possessions, but after that Baylor took control in a 104-59 win over the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon at the Ferrell Center.
Baylor opened the game with a Cory Jefferson dunk and HSU answered with a Cameron Barnes 3-pointer. Jefferson split a pair of free throws on the next possession and Jim Walter buried a 3-pointer to give HSU a 6-3 lead.
At the first media timeout the game was tied at eight. Baylor then went on a 13-2 run over the next three minutes and the Cowboys never led again. The Bears led 52-27 at halftime.
The highlight of the second half for the Cowboys was a pair of dunks, one on a follow by Derrick Jefferson and freshman Justin Jones. Newcomer Cameron Barnes also scored eight of his season-high 15 points in the second half.
Baylor shot 63.3 percent against the undersized Cowboys and outscored HSU in the paint 56-26. The Baylor bench also outscored the Cowboys 59-14.
“They are just bigger, stronger and faster and they are extremely well coached,” said HSU head coach Craig Carse. “Our guys competed hard and I think we got better. This is a great experience for our players to play on television and against one of the premiere teams in the country.”
Cameron Barnes led Hardin-Simmons with 15 points and John Barnes added 12 points and four assists.
Rico Gathers and Brady Heslip each had 17 points off the bench to pace Baylor. Five Bears reached double figures and Cory Jefferson had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Cowboys are now 0-4 on the year and will return to action on Thursday at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark. Baylor (7-1) will play Kentucky on Friday at Texas Stadium.