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Baylor Basketball opens season with Moonlight Madness

Baylor men's and women's teams put on quite a show to tip off basketball season.

Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Balyor Bears tipped off the start of the college basketball season in style on Friday night, showcasing both the men's and women's teams in their Moonlight Madness event.

With ESPNU broadcasting the festivities, 6,500 fans had the Ferrell Center rocking as the teams were introduced and went through some skills challenges before the men's team scrimmaged,

Superstar center Brittney Griner returns to lead the Lady Bears as the team tries to repeat as NCAA champions. That goal had the women's team introduced to a Mardi Gras theme as they plan to return to the Final Four in New Orleans this season.

The men and women paired up for a 3-point shooting contest which ended with Gary Franklin and Odyssey Sims beating Logan Lowery and Brittney Griner in the final round.

Junior forward Corey Jefferson won the dunk contest, beating out sophomore guard Deuce Bello who wowed the crowd to start the contest by jumping over 7-foot-1 freshman center Isaiah Austin.

Returning starter Brady Heslip took over the scrimmage by making three consecutive 3-pointers to lead his black team to a 23-21 win.

Baylor's men's team opens the season with an exhibition game against Abilene Christian on Oct. 25, while the women's team tips off against Oklahoma City on Oct. 30.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.