Cryer scores 28, lifts No. 5 Baylor past No. 8 UCLA 80-75

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Baylor's LJ Cryer (4) shoots over UCLA's David Singleton (34) and Jaylen Clark during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — LJ Cryer scored 28 points in a potential March preview to lead No. 5 Baylor to an 80-75 victory over eighth-ranked UCLA in Sunday’s consolation game of the Continental Tire Main Event.

This game had postseason intensity with 13 lead changes until the Bears took the lead for good at 61-53 with an 11-point run midway through the second half.

UCLA couldn’t catch up

UCLA stayed within range, but didn’t catch Baylor.

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Cryer helped make sure of that, as did Adam Flagler, who scored 22 points.