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Butler scores 20 as No. 18 Baylor wins 78-46

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WACO, Texas — No. 18 Baylor avoided any letdown at home against a winless team after a lengthy break.

The next two home games almost certainly won’t be this easy for the Bears.

Jared Butler made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, Devonte Bandoo added 14 points and Baylor led throughout in a 78-46 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore on Tuesday night.

“It was the first game back from Thanksgiving break, you know you’re going to be a little rusty in some areas, but really pleased with the overall performance,” coach Scott Drew said. “We got a lead, we built on the lead, the game was never in jeopardy.”

The Bears (6-1) played for the first time in nine days, since a win over then-No. 17 Villanova for the championship at the Myrtle Beach Invitational, where they won three games in four days.

Their next two games are also at home, against No. 12 Arizona on Saturday before No. 24 Butler visits next Tuesday.

Butler hit a 3 on the first shot of the game, putting Baylor ahead to stay in the first 20 seconds. His layup about 4 1/2 minutes in pushed the Bears to an 11-1 lead, and they were up 39-21 at halftime.

“It was a combination of my teammates looking for me and me just being aggressive,” said Butler, who played 24 minutes in his third 20-point game this season. “You’ve just got to start fast against teams like this. You’ve got to eliminate their confidence.”

Canaan Bartley had 13 points to lead Maryland Eastern Shore (0-10), which shot only 27% (17 of 64) while playing its ninth road game this season.

Matthew Mayer added 12 points and MaCio Teague had 10 points and seven rebounds for Baylor. Freddie Gillespie grabbed 13 rebounds and added five blocks — both career highs. Gillespie only scored two points, that on an impressive dunk.

“Freddie was good,” Drew said. “As far as rebounding-wise and defensively, he did a good job blocking some shots and I thought he rebounded a lot better the second half.”


Maryland Eastern Shore: Under first-year coach Jason Crafton, the Hawks are still searching for their first win after going 7-25 overall and 5-11 last season in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Baylor: Preseason All-Big 12 junior forward Tristan Clark sat out with a sore knee after playing all three games in the Myrtle Beach tournament. He was limited to 14 games last season before knee surgery after the start of Big 12 play, and had a non-operative procedure on his knee after the first two games this season. … Baylor finished with a 52-35 rebounding edge.


The Bears shot only 59% percent (13 of 22) from the free throw line, after averaging a 73% clip in their first six games.

“We’ll have to have much better offensive execution as far as, you can’t shoot 40% and 59% from the free throw line come Saturday,” Drew said. “But we are excited now to get geared up for that.”


Baylor’s guards combined for 52 points against the Hawks. Now they have their sights set on No. 12 Arizona, which has standout freshman guard Nico Mannion.

“We pride ourselves on being the best guards in the country, and when a guy like Nico Mannion is pretty good and highly touted, we look at it as an opportunity and a challenge,” Butler said. “We can’t wait. He’s coming to our house.”


Maryland Eastern Shore hosts Clarks Summit on Sunday.

Baylor hosts No. 12 Arizona, and the school is offering free admission for a Top 25 matchup that starts about the same time Saturday that the Bears’ football team will kick off in the Big 12 championship game about 100 miles away in Arlington.

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No. 6 Maryland beats Maryland Eastern Shore 77-56

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Melo Trimble scored 18 points, and No. 6 Maryland found its shooting form in the second half to pull away to a 77-56 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore on Saturday.

After struggling to take a 35-29 halftime lead, the Terrapins (9-1) made their first eight shots from the field after intermission during a 27-11 run that made it 62-40. Trimble contributed three 3-pointers to the surge.

Maryland didn’t miss a field goal try in the second half until Michal Cekovsky botched a layup with 8:45 remaining.

It was 69-46 with 5:35 left, and the Terps coasted from there. Maryland shot 63 percent in the second half and finished 21 for 25 from the free throw line.

Dominique Elliott led UMES (1-9) with 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting.

Coming off a 78-35 thrashing by No. 1 Michigan State, the Hawks put up a far better fight in this one – especially in the first half.

Rasheed Sulaimon had a career-high 10 assists for Maryland and Diamond Stone added 12 points and six rebounds. The Terrapins have won three straight since their lone loss, at North Carolina.

Maryland’s halftime lead could be attributed in part to a 9-for-10 performance at the free throw line compared to 3 for 4 for UMES.

Just before the break, the Terrapins were working the clock for a final shot when senior Jake Layman casually threw a pass that was intercepted by Derrico Peck, who dunked the ball on the opposite end.

Terps coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with 2.6 seconds left to scold his players. He almost assuredly continued the conversation in the locker room at halftime.

After beginning the game by making five of its first six shots, Maryland went 1 for 11 from the field and led only 20-17 after going scoreless for nearly 3 minutes.

Stone then made two baskets and a free throw in a 13-2 run.


UMES: The Hawks fell to 0-17 against Maryland. … In addition to losing to highly touted Maryland, Georgetown and Michigan State, UMES is 0-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Maryland: The Terrapins had 10 assists on their 11 first-half field goals. By the end, only five of Maryland’s 23 baskets were made without assists. … The Terrapins were outrebounded 29-26.


UMES hosts Old Dominion on Friday night.

Maryland plays Princeton in Baltimore on Saturday night.

No. 1 Michigan State routs Maryland Eastern Shore 78-35

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Denzel Valentine had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to help No. 1 Michigan State rout Maryland Eastern Shore 78-35 Wednesday night.

The Spartans (10-0) are off to their best start since the 2000-01 season when they were defending national champions and won the first 12 games.

The Hawks (1-8) had only one player score in double digits. Dominique Elliott had seven of his team’s 16 points in the first half and finished with 11 points.

Valentine and Bryn Forbes combined to score 17 points by halftime when Michigan State led 33-16. Forbes finished with 14 points. The seniors, who were teammates at Lansing Sexton High School, helped turn a three-point lead into a 20-point cushion in the first half.

After a 19-2 run ended, Spartans coach Tom Izzo still found a reason to be upset enough to call a timeout.

Michigan State more than doubled the advantage it had at halftime, building a 39-point lead with 8:53 left. When the Hawks cut their deficit to 67-33, Izzo called a timeout to send another message.

Eron Harris scored nine of his 12 points in the second half for the Spartans. Michigan State’s Marvin Clark scored seven of his nine points after halftime, looking as if he is returning to form after missing the start of the season with an injured left foot.


Maryland Eastern Shore: The Hawks hope to bounce back from a slow start against stiff competition just as they did last year. Maryland Eastern Shore won just two of its first eight games last year in coach Bobby Collins’ debut season, then finished with 18 victories and played in the postseason CIT.

Michigan State: The unselfish Spartans spread the ball around a lot to get many players shots. By the time Michigan State led 53-23 midway through the second half, 10 players in its 12-man rotation had made a shot while the Hawks had combined to make just nine of their first 45 shots.


Maryland Eastern Shore: The Hawks play a second straight Big Ten team, traveling about 130 miles by roads to face No. 6 Maryland on Saturday.

Michigan State: The Spartans host Florida on Saturday in a rematch of the 2000 NCAA final. Michigan State, which beat the Gators to win its second national title, plans to honor the championship team and expects players such as Mateen Cleaves, Morris Peterson and Jason Richardson to come back to campus for the celebration.

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