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

37-30 lead.

Baylor is 40-0 against teams from the Southwestern Athletic

Conference, with 21 of those wins coming during Scott Drew’s nine

seasons.

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

marathon.

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

school.

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

half.

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.