National Basketball Association
Baylor 63, Arizona 58
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 7, 2019
Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas
# Larry Spaulding, # Keith Kimble, # Tony Padilla
Freddie Gillespie scored 17 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to help No. 18 Baylor defeat 12th-ranked Arizona 63-58 in a nonconference game Saturday in Waco, Texas.
Arizona, which entered ranked fourth in the nation in 3-point percentage (42.9), went 2 of 18 from beyond the arc. The Wildcats (9-1) were averaging eight made 3-pointers a game.
Surviving on its 21 of 24 shooting from the free throw line in the second half, Arizona's five-point possession with 1:48 left cut Baylor's lead to 57-56.
Jemarl Baker Jr. made a 3-pointer -- ending the Wildcats' 10-minute drought without a field goal -- while Zeke Nnaji was fouled in the paint. Nnaji converted the two free throws.
Baylor's MaCio Teague responded by making two free throws, and the Bears (7-1) went ahead 60-56 with 37 seconds left when Jared Butler made 1 of 2 from the line.
The Wildcats had possession with 18.9 seconds left coming out of a timeout, and Nico Mannion made a short jumper with 11 seconds left to cut the lead to 60-58.
Teague, who had 19 points and seven rebounds, was fouled and he made 1 of 2 free throws.
Arizona had a chance to tie but Josh Green's 3-pointer banged off the rim with 5 seconds left. Butler, who scored 13 points on 3-of-12 shooting, followed with two free throws with 0.8 seconds left to secure the win.
Gillespie, a senior in his second year at Baylor, set a career-high for points with the Bears.
Arizona, which was tied for third nationally at 87.1 points per game, shot 26.9 percent from the field. Baylor finished at 30.4.
Mannion led the Wildcats with 15 points with five assists but he shot 3-of-14 from the field. Nnaji had 12 points, and Chase Jeter finished with 11. Nnaji and Jeter, Arizona's starting post players, combined to make 15 of 16 free throw shots.
A 15-0 run in the first half put the Bears ahead 22-8 with 9:25 remaining. The Wildcats nearly six minutes without scoring, missing four shots and committing five turnovers during that stretch. Gillespie had eight points in that run for the Bears.
Baylor, which led by as many as 18 in the first half, started the second half by missing its first five shots, allowing Arizona to cut the lead to 35-28 after two baskets by Nnaji in the first two minutes of the half.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Nico Mannion 15
MaCio Teague 19
Nico Mannion 5
Devonte Bandoo 3
Chase Jeter 7
Freddie Gillespie 13
Chase Jeter 9
||Free Throws Made
MaCio Teague 9
Josh Green 3
MaCio Teague 2
Christian Koloko 2
Freddie Gillespie 5
Team Stats Summary