LJ Cryer carries No. 6 Baylor past Arizona State

LJ Cryer had 15 points to lead No. 6 Baylor’s balanced scoring in a 75-63 win over Arizona State in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Islands, Bahamas.Baylor (5-0) will play VCU in a semifinal game of the winner’s bracket. The Sun Devils (2-3) will play Syracuse in a consolation bracket game. Both games are Thursday.Cryer, who came off the bench, was one of five Bears in double-figure scoring.Matthew Mayer had 14 points, Adam Flagler added 13, Flo Thamba finished with 11 and Kendall Brown had 10.Arizona State was led by 20 points from DJ Horne, who was 6 of 9 from 3-point range. He was the only Sun Devil who scored in double figures.Arizona State starting forward Marcus Bagley missed his second consecutive game because of a knee injury. He did not travel with the team.Baylor went on an 11-2 run to take a 42-27 lead with 1:09 left in the first half.The Bears led 45-31 at halftime behind Flagler’s 11 points, including five in the 11-2 run.Cryer added 10 points in the first half.