With 13:30 remaining in No. 2 Baylor’s 84-72 house win over Auburn on Saturday, Matthew Mayer — the crew’s in style, floppy-haired reserved — flew into the lane for a tip-dunk that made ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla scream, “Oh, my goodness!”
The Baylor bench erupted too.
For Mayer, nonetheless, the dunk additionally helped him achieve the sting over teammate and All-America candidate Jared Butler — who missed the 3-pointer that led to Mayer’s flush — of their working competitors to see who can get essentially the most dunks this 12 months.
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“They actually weren’t boxing out and I simply went in and obtained the putback dunk,” stated Mayer, who scored 13 factors, through the postgame teleconference. “Me and [Butler] have a contest on who can get essentially the most dunks, and he thinks he will get greater than me. I imply, he performs extra minutes than I do, however c’mon. [After that dunk], he is like, ‘OK, you beat me now, you beat me now.’ I used to be like, ‘I am already beating you.’ That was [our] dialog working up the court docket.”
For a 16-Zero Baylor crew that’s now 41-Three over its previous 44 video games relationship again to final season, the celebration additionally showcased the bond that has helped this group enter the ultimate stretch of the 2020-21 season as a critical contender to win the nationwide title.
“It was loopy,” stated Baylor’s Adam Flagler in regards to the frenzy that adopted Mayer’s dunk within the second half of Saturday’s victory. “We have been all tremendous excited for him. He is a big-time expertise, and he confirmed that tonight a bit of bit.”
Mayer is also an instance of the depth Baylor possesses. He has performed greater than 20 minutes simply as soon as this season due to the expertise forward of him on the roster — however he has nonetheless left his mark.
“I do know they solely depend as two factors, a dunk, however the momentum from the dunk, the power … it simply permeates all through the crew,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew stated. “It helps you construct on a run. It simply adjustments the momentum of a recreation.”