LAS VEGAS – Pierre Jackson scored eight consecutive points during regulation and overtime to lift No. 6 Baylor to an 83-81 victory over West Virginia on Friday night in the Las Vegas Classic championship game.
Jackson finished with 23 points while Brady Heslip added 19 and Quincy Acy had 15.
Baylor (12-0), one of six unbeatens in Division I, tied the game at 76 on Jackson's 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in regulation.
The Bears led 83-78 with 2:02 left in overtime following another 3 by Jackson and field goals by Gary Franklin and Acy.
Jabarie Hinds' 3-pointer brought the Mountaineers (9-3) within 83-81, but his shot at the buzzer fell short of the rim.
The Mountaineers rallied from a 69-63 deficit and tied the score on consecutive 3-pointers by Hinds and Bryant. They took the lead for the first time since halftime at 74-71 when Bryant made three free throws with 2:51 left.
The remainder of the Mountaineers' points in regulation were scored by Rutledge with two free throws with 2:23 left, the last scoring until Jackson made his 3-pointer with 18 seconds left.
The Bears took a 32-30 lead on Acy's putback and then outscored the Mountaineers 8-3 over the rest of the first half.
Heslip scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting in the first half while Jones had 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals in the opening 20 minutes.