By AARON BEARD
AP Basketball Writer
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Matthew Mayer scored 15 points to help No. 6 Baylor hold off VCU 69-61 in Thursday’s semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Freshman Kendall Brown added 14 points for the reigning national champion Bears. Vince Williams scored 17 points to lead VCU. The Rams shot 48% after halftime but got no closer than three points. Baylor helped itself by committing just five second-half turnovers. The Bears also opened the second half with nine straight points to push the lead to 38-27.