FORT WORTH, Texas — Matthew Mayer scored a career-high 22 points and defending national champion Baylor opened the NCAA Tournament with an 85-49 victory over Norfolk State.
Freshman standout Jeremy Sochan added 15 points and seven rebounds. The top-seeded Bears are 27-6.
Baylor traveled less than 100 miles from its campus in Waco, Texas, to open the East Regional in Fort Worth.
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player of the year Joe Bryant had 15 points for Norfolk State.