Baylor's fast start leads to win over West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (AP) Makai Mason scored 29 points and Baylor cruised to an 85-73 win over West Virginia on Monday night.

The Bears (12-6, 4-2 Big 12) survived a second-half comeback attempt to grab their fourth win in five games.

Baylor got out to as much as a 17-point lead in the first half behind big 3-point plays by Devonte Bandoo. The Bears extended their lead to 59-38 with just under 16 minutes left.

Then freshman Brandon Knapper started to turn the tide for the Mountaineers (9-10, 1-6), leading his team to a quick 13-2 run to cut the Baylor lead to 10 with just under 11 minutes to go.

After a back-and-forth battle between the two teams for the next few minutes, Mario Kegler hit a layup and a trio of free throws to put the Bears back up 13. West Virginia wouldn't be able to close the gap.

Kegler scored 18 points and Bandoo added 13 points for the Bears. King McClure had eight rebounds.

James "Beetle" Bolden led the Mountaineers with 22 points. Brandon Knapper added a career-high 15 and Derek Culver had eight rebounds.