No. 12 Baylor 77, Texas Southern 57
Quincy Miller had 17 points in his Baylor debut and the
12th-ranked Bears opened their season with a 77-57 victory over
Texas Southern on Friday night.
Miller, a 6-foot-9 freshman power forward from Chicago, hit two
3-pointers when Baylor scored 11 points in less than a minute
midway through the second half to put the game out of reach.
Returning starters Quincy Acy and Anthony Jones had 11 points
each while Cory Jefferson had 10 points for Baylor.
Omar Strong led Texas Southern with 14 points. He was only 4 of
15 from the field, including 4 of 13 on 3-pointers.
Miller had 12 points after halftime, when the Bears built on a
Baylor is 40-0 against teams from the Southwestern Athletic
Conference, with 21 of those wins coming during Scott Drew’s nine
The Bears, who missed the postseason last season with an 18-13
record, are getting games in a hurry. They play Sunday at home
against Jackson State, another SWAC school, before a Tuesday
afternoon game against San Diego State that is part of an ESPN
Miller started the 11-0 spurt for Baylor with a 3-pointer at the
9:05 mark. Pierre Jackson had a layup before Miller hit another 3
then Cory Jefferson had a layup while being fouled and made the
free throw, making it 65-42 with 8:13 left.
The Bears played without sophomore standout Perry Jones, the Big
12 preseason player of the year.
Jones, a 6-11 forward, has five games left in an NCAA suspension
for accepting improper benefits before he got to Baylor. He had to
sit out Baylor’s Big 12 tournament game last March. He had long
been expected to become Baylor’s first one-and-done player, but the
potential NBA lottery draft pick instead decided to stay in
Jones sat near the end of the Baylor bench in jeans and a
collared shirt. He will be eligible to play Nov. 29 against Prairie
View, another SWAC school.
Baylor played its first game without Big 12 career scoring
leader LaceDarius Dunn, who was a senior last season.
Jackson, a top junior college player last season, had six points
in a 16-6 run that put Baylor up 37-26 with 2:11 left in the first
That came after Texas Southern was within 21-20 on a 3-pointer
by Madarious Gibbs.
The Tigers were in foul trouble early, with 6-11 Timothy Price –
their tallest player – picking up three fouls less than 2 minutes
into the game. Baylor was already in the bonus less than 3 minutes
in and in the double bonus with 14 minutes left in the first half.
Price didn’t have a shot or a rebound, fouling out while playing
only 3 minutes.