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Baylor forward Taurean Prince (21), left, and forward Rico Gathers (2), right, wait to come in against New Mexico State in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Waco, Texas. (AP/Rod Aydelotte)
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Prince scores career-high 34, No. 23 Baylor tops NMSU 85-70

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WACO, Texas (AP) Taurean Prince scored a career-high 34 points, Lester Medford had 10 points and 12 assists and No. 23 Baylor beat New Mexico State 85-70 on Wednesday night.

Prince was 13 of 19 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, and led the Bears (9-2) with six rebounds in their 32nd consecutive non-conference home win.

Ishmail Wainwright scored a career-high 14 points and Al Freeman added 10 for Baylor.

Pascal Siakam had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Aggies (7-6), who were facing their first nationally ranked opponent of the season.

Redshirt likely for New Mexico State guard Landry

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After serving as a reserve in each of his first two seasons at New Mexico State, guard Travon Landry underwent microfracture surgery on his knee in the offseason. Landry has yet to return to the floor for Marvin Menzies’ team, most recently missing their Crimson and White scrimmage Saturday night.

And following the game, Menzies said that it was likely that Landry would redshirt this season, thus preserving a year of eligibility according to Mark Rudi of the Las Cruces Sun-News.

“We’re going to have to play it by ear and we’re going to have to make a decision relatively soon,” Menzies said about Landry. “But, right now it’s not looking like he’s going to be able to play this year. That’s kind of where it’s at.”

Landry averaged just 2.1 points per game as a sophomore, with the majority of the minutes on the perimeter going to players such as Daniel Mullings, Ian Baker and DK Eldridge. With Mullings and Eldridge out of eligibility minutes opened up, with Landry being one possible competitor for more playing time. But with his still recovering from offseason surgery, it’s tough for the San Antonio native to make any kind of statement for the upcoming campaign.

Baker is expected to be one of the top guards in the WAC, but he’s going to need help if the Aggies are to make a fifth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Among those who will compete for minutes are sophomores Braxton Huggins (8.0 mpg), Jalyn Pennie (9.1 mpg) and Matt Taylor (8.5 mpg), redshirt freshman Sidy Ndir and freshman Jermaine Haley.

VIDEO: Gonzaga hosts madness event

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Gonzaga opened its season with its annual Kraziness in the Kennel as fans gathered to celebrate the start of the basketball season. While not much can be learned of a half-paced scrimmage in an exhibition setting, the Bulldogs did play without center Przemek Karnowski, who is battling pneumonia.

In a story with Jim Meehan of the Spokesman-Review, Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said that the 7-foot-1 center will be out for a little while as he recovers from the illness.

“He had a great run (playing for Poland) in the European championships,” said Few. “He’s going to have to sit for a while now. Hopefully, we’ll get him back by the end of the month.”

Other than the senior center being out a few weeks, redshirt freshman guard Josh Perkins looked healthy and led the scrimmage with 17 points. Here are some highlights of last night’s action: