Iowa vs. Baylor, 2013 NIT Championship final score: Bears rout Hawkeyes, 74-54

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Baylor was one of the best teams left out of the NCAA Tournament last month, but it earned a solid consolation prize after winning the NIT title game on Thursday.

Cory Jefferson scored 23 points and Pierre Jackson added 17 points and 10 assists as the Baylor Bears cruised to a 74-54 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday to claim the 2013 NIT Championship.

Baylor dominated from the start, taking a seven-point lead just four minutes into the game and forcing Iowa to take an early timeout. The Bears kept the Hawkeyes at arm's length in the opening half, entering the break with a five-point lead. Iowa cut its deficit to three early in the second half, but Baylor used a 14-2 run to extend its lead to double digits.

Iowa got back to within single digits just once, cutting Baylor's lead to 42-34 with 12:32 remaining. The Bears responded with a 16-3 run to take a game-high 21-point lead with seven minutes left to play.

Isaiah Austin chipped in 15 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for Baylor. Mike Gesell led Iowa with 13 points, and Aaron White added 12 on 4-of-13 shooting. The Hawkeyes made just 26.1 percent of their field goal attempts, while the Bears shot 54.2 percent.

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