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Bears enter season with 2 wins

Nov. 18, 1999

Men's basketball defeats

Denmark in exhibition game

By TORIE JOHNSON

Sports Editor

The men's basketball team will go into its first game of the season with two exhibition wins under its belt. The Bears defeated Skovbakken (Denmark) 82-58 in the last night at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

Baylor began the game with hot shooting from the field and opened up an early 16-0 lead. The European visitors did not score until about 12 minutes remained in the first half. Both teams strung together mini offensive runs but the Bears turned in the final spurt.

'We got out of the shoot well and we were very aggressive on defense, which helped our offense,' head Coach Dave Bliss said. 'That's the way it will have to be this year.'

Leading the way for the Bears was senior guard Tevis Stukes who had 17 points on 5 for 14 shooting. But having a better all-around shooting night was junior forward Terry Black who had 16 points on 7 for 9 shooting. Senior Ben Echols, who is not on scholarship, was one point away from a double-double with 11 rebounds and 9 points.

'Coach Bliss has really been working with me and I have been getting better in practice every day,' Echols said of his improving skills. '. . . I know that I have talent to play the game, but it was the coaching staff [that made me want to come back.]'

As the game progressed, Bliss and his staff underscored that the European team played a 3-2 zone and that type of defense was something the young Baylor team had not spent a lot of time practicing. However, the staff was pleased that the bench was able to 'scramble' and get things accomplished when the offense became stagnate.

Two guards in particular, senior David Jones and freshman Wendell Greenleaf, came in and gave the Bears instant energy. Both were able to pick up the scoring slack, as Greenleaf had 13 points and Jones chipped in with 11. Greenleaf also used feisty defense to get the Denmark team out of its groove.

The Bears begin the regular season on Saturday against Eastern Washington at 5 p.m. at the Ferrell Special Events Center.