Strong finish propels No. 17 Baylor past Arkansas

Keyonte George scored the last seven Baylor points of a game-deciding 13-2 run as the No. 17 Bears overcame visiting Arkansas for a 67-64 victory Saturday afternoon at Waco, Texas.George finished with 24 points and teammate LJ Cryer poured in 20 points to go with Jalen Bridges’ 10 points and seven rebounds.The game, which was part of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, became a defensive tussle until George got cranked up for the Bears (16-5).Ricky Council IV’s 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting and Davonte Davis’ 16 points paced Arkansas (14-7), which fell to 0-5 in true road games.Cryer made two free throws with 11 seconds left to help seal the outcome.It was a tight second half between teams that had gained momentum in recent games in their respective conferences.George’s 3-point basket pushed the score to 62-55 with 1:20 to play.After Arkansas stretched its scoring run to 13 points with Council’s jumper on the first possession of the second half, the Bears got moving. Baylor pulled ahead at 45-44 on George’s three-point play.Arkansas led 53-49, but the Razorbacks went more than four minutes without scoring as Baylor caught up and went ahead by using a 10-0 run.With 3 1/2 minutes remaining, the teams had combined for 40 field goals and 35 fouls.