No. 6 Baylor outlasts VCU to reach Battle 4 Atlantis final

Matthew Mayer scored 15 points and Kendall Brown added 14, all in the second half, as No. 6 Baylor fought off VCU 69-61 on Thursday in a rugged semifinal game in the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas.The Bears remained undefeated and will face Michigan State, a 64-60 winner over UConn in Thursday’s first semifinal, on Friday in the tournament final. VCU will square off against UConn in the third-place game, also on Friday.Baylor (6-0) led by a bucket after a gritty first half in which nearly every possession was highly contested. The Bears went up by 11 points six and a half minutes into the second half, endured an 8-0 run by the Rams and went toe-to-toe with physical VCU down the stretch.A putback layup by Adam Flagler with 1:33 to play pushed Baylor’s lead to 63-56, enough for the Bears to hold on for the win. Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua added 13 points for Baylor.VCU’s Vince Williams led all scorers with 17 points, with Levi Stockard III hitting for 13 for the Rams (3-3) in the loss.The Rams scored the game’s first three points before Baylor ran off a 12-0 spurt and scored 17 of the ensuing 20 points, capped by a basket by LJ Cryer, to take charge at 17-6.

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