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BU men findsuccess early with 3 wins

Nov. 30, 1999

Lady Bears stand at 1-2

By TORIE JOHNSON

Sports Editor

Most of the Baylor community spent the Thanksgiving holiday at home with families and friends, but the basketball teams stayed in Waco.

The Bears spent their break with the University of North Carolina A&T and McNeese State University at the Ferrell Special Events Center, while the Lady Bears shared turkey and dressing visiting the University of North Texas and Southwest Missouri State University.

'By this stage of their life they have missed a lot of vacations,' head Coach Dave Bliss said. 'It's just inherent with college basketball.'

The men's team is working on its best start since the early 1990s and defeated both McNeese and NC A&T in come-from-behind fashion. The Bears trailed at the intermission of both games but pulled ahead in the second halves to go to 3-0 on the season.

The women's team lost both road games and fell to 1-2 in 1999. In the game against UNT, the Lady Bears tried to overcome a 10-point first half deficit, but lost by eight points. And in the Missouri State contest, the team was

dominated by MSU.

The Lady Bears will not return to action until Friday's contest against the University of Arkansas at home, but the Bears play host to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks tonight. It will be the first meeting between the two teams.

'It's the kind of team that is more cerebral than it is athletic, which can give you problems if you aren't ready to play,' Bliss said. 'In our case, we can get better by playing anybody, so it's a great game for us.'

The Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks come into Waco with a 2-3 record. Senior forward Sanjey Noriega leads the team in points with an average of 13.4 per game. But although the team returns nine letterwinners from the 1998 team, only one was a starter in 1998.

The Nanooks will look to stop Baylor's offensive tandem of junior forward Terry Black and senior guard Tevis Stukes. Black leads the team with a 24-point per game average, and Stukes is a close second with 22 per game.

The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.