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Daily Bears Report 11/29/2017 - MBB Stumbles in Cincinatti

Awards and more awards for Lady Bears in Soccer, Volleyball and Basketball. Football now focused on 2018.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24:  King McClure #22 and Jake Lindsey #3 of the Baylor Bears look on from the bench in the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 24, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Men’s Basketball

No. 16 MBB Drops Road Contest at No. 21 Xavier, 76-63 - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, After giving up 102 points in its first loss of the season, No. 21 Xavier spent all of its practice time working on defense.

No. 21 Xavier downs No. 16 Baylor, 76-63, cincinnatidotcom, Tuesday was one of those special nights at Cintas Center – mostly because Xavier basketball handled business against a nationally-ranked opponent in primetime.

Before a raucous, standing-room-only crowd of 10,503, the No. 21-ranked Musketeers (6-1) beat the previously undefeated and No. 16-ranked Baylor University Bears (5-1), 76-63.

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The win was one of the best non-conference home victories of head coach Chris Mack's Xavier tenure, and the first over a ranked non-Big East team since the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout almost two years ago.

Four Takeaways from No. 21 Xavier’s win over No. 16 Baylor – CollegeBasketballTalk, No. 21 Xavier was able to run past No. 16 Baylor despite a sluggish offensive night from star senior Trevon Bluiett.

Men’s basketball drops first game of season at Xavier | The Baylor Lariat, The Bears (5-1) found themselves in a deficit for the second straight game, but could not complete the comeback against the sharpshooting Musketeers (6-1).

Second-Half Run Propels No 21 Xavier Past No 16 Baylor, FanragSports, In a matchup of ranked teams, a 14-0 second-half run gave No. 21 Xavier the cushion it needed to hand No. 16 Baylor its first defeat of the season. Chris Mack’s Musketeers would lead by as much as 14 in the second half, and after Baylor responded with a 13-4 run, Xavier regained its hold on the game and would go on to win by the final score of 76-63 in Cincinnati.

No. 21 Xavier shuts down No. 16 Baylor 76-63 | FOX Sports, Video: JP Macura and Kaiser Gates both score 19 as Xavier gets a big win over Baylor 76-63.

Women’s Basketball

Lady Bears preparing for two top-25 matchups, Baylor will host No. 20 Kentucky Thursday before welcoming in No. 16 Stanford Sunday.

Baylor's Care Bear Drive tradition continues | Lady Bears Basketball | wacotrib.com, Baylor University Athletics and Whataburger are partnering up for their 12th annual Care Bear Drive, which spreads holiday cheer and well-wishes to McLane Children’s Hospital patients in December.

Baylor, Whataburger Continue Care Bear Drive Tradition - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor University Athletics and Whataburger will partner to continue their 12th annual Care Bear Drive, which spreads holiday cheer and well-wishes to McLane Children’s Hospital patients in December.

Lady Bears Sweep Big 12 Awards - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor women’s basketball swept Big 12 Conference awards this week, as forward Lauren Cox earned Player of the Week and guard Alexis Morris secured Freshman of the Week recognition on Monday afternoon.

Baylor's Alexis Morris named Big 12 Freshman of the Week | 12NewsNow.com, Morris averaged 14.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists off the bench to contribute to Baylor’s 2-0 week.

Acrobatics and Tumbling

Acrobatics & Tumbling Signs 10 for 2019 Recruiting Class - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor acrobatics and tumbling signed 10 well-rounded and talented student-athletes for its 2019 recruiting class during the early signing period in November.

Soccer

SOC Places Four on All-Region Teams - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, WACO, Texas – Baylor soccer added more accolades to its remarkable 2017 season, with four student-athletes named to the United Soccer Coaches All-South Region teams, announced Tuesday by the organization.

Football

Rhules Thoughts Shift Quickly To 2018 Season - Baylor University Official Athletic Site , As soon as the final seconds ticked off the clock in Friday’s 45-22 loss to 10th-ranked TCU in the season finale, Matt Rhule’s thoughts and attention quickly flipped the calendar to 2018.

Volleyball

Volleyball Claims Big 12 Coach & Freshman of the Year Awards - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Head coach Ryan McGuyre and five Baylor volleyball players earned a program-best nine Big 12 postseason honors, announced by the conference office Monday afternoon.

Brice Cherry: Waco carving out place as volleyball hotbed | Brice Cherry | wacotrib.com, When the kids are little, parents always chronicle the firsts.

Those Who Lift

Baylor Freshman Receives Honor For Lifting Young Girl’s Spirits | Media Communications | Baylor University, Now that the award show and media coverage have passed, Garcia said that his acts of selflessness will not stop here. This experience has inspired him to continue to take more notice of his actions and the way they affect people.

“After I’ve seen the impact that something that little causes, you never know what could happen,” Garcia said. “A small gesture can make somebody’s day, and that means a lot to me.”

ksdk.com | Making a Difference: Runner lifts up cheerleader whose dad was away in military, In cheerleading, as in life, it's always good to be around people who lift you higher.

Though she's only 10, no one knows that better than Addie Rodriguez, who was born with spirit in her veins. She started cheerleading for two reasons-- first, because she thought it was a fun thing to do after school, and second, because she was looking for a distraction.

Her dad, Abel Rodriguez, is in the military. As a senior airman, he's served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a security force.

There was one person who didn't understand what all the fuss was about. That one person was Matthew Garcia.

In that moment, Matthew gave Addie wings.

To this day, he'll tell you what he did was just a little thing. But for one family, it meant everything.

Legends

Bears in the NFL Week 12 Update - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Update on the former Baylor Bears that are currently playing in the NFL and how they performed last week.

Those Who Lean

Browns' Gordon, on brink of return, admits to dealing drugs while at Baylor | Baylor Bears Football | wacotrib.com, Wide receiver Josh Gordon, who is set to return to the NFL on Sunday after multiple substance abuse suspensions, told SportsIllustrated.com that he sold drugs while attending . . .