No. 4 Baylor 61, Texas A&M 52
With its highest ranking ever and already with the best start in
school history, fourth-ranked Baylor opened Big 12 play
accomplishing another first.
Perry Jones III had 14 points with 12 rebounds, and the Bears
remained undefeated with a 61-52 victory over Texas A&M on
Monday night for their first 14-game winning streak in school
After moving up two spots to No. 4 in the new Associated Press
poll earlier Monday, the Bears (14-0) scored the first eight points
of the game and lead throughout against the Aggies (9-4).
”I make sure, being the captain of the team, that we don’t pay
attention to that,” senior Quincy Acy said. ”It’s good to have
it, but we want more. … Just make sure that we don’t pay
attention to that, and we go out every night and play like we have
something to lose.”
Part of Baylor’s opening spurt was Pierre Jackson’s half-court
alley-oop pass to Jones for a slam dunk
”Actually, that was the first time he’s ever thrown me an
alley-oop that far,” Jones said. ”But you’ve got to be ready for
anything when he’s on the floor.”
It was the first double-double of the season for Jones, the Big
12’s preseason player of the year. Jones, a 6-foot-11 sophomore who
bypassed the chance to be a high NBA draft pick last summer, missed
the first five games this season while completing a six-game NCAA
suspension for accepting improper benefits before he got to
The Bears had already matched the school-record winning streak
of 13 in a row set in 1946 by winning their 13 non-conference
games. Baylor has won five consecutive Big 12 openers.
Acy added 13 points for Baylor, while freshman Quincy Miller had
11 points with eight rebounds in his first Big 12 game. A.J. Walton
had 10 points.
This was the 204th meeting for the Texas teams from along the
Brazos River. Baylor has won four in a row, but A&M still leads
the series 127-77.
It was the last Big 12 matchup between the two teams in Waco
with A&M’s pending move to the Southeastern Conference after
this season. They play again Feb. 1 at College Station.
”Obviously like everyone else I wish they were still in the Big
12, but we’ve got a pretty good league, and there’s a reason the
last four years RPI-wise the Big 12’s been the best conference in
basketball,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. ”It’s outstanding
basketball. We know the future’s very bright for the Big 12.”
Elston Turner had 21 points for the Aggies, who have lost three
of its last four games. Khris Middleton had 14 points.
Turner’s 3-pointer got Texas A&M within 10 with 5 minutes
left before consecutive turnovers that Baylor turned into
After Anthony Jones forced an A&M turnover, Cory Jefferson
made a jumper. Jackson then had a steal that led to Walton’s
baseline jumper in the front of the Baylor bench.
”I wasn’t real pleased with that play,” Texas A&M coach
Billy Kennedy said. ”He made a tough shot.”
Turner hit another 3-pointer with 2:25 left to get the Aggies
within 57-48, but they never got closer.
Texas A&M made only 18 of 63 field goals (29 percent)
overall, but that was actually an improvement after making only
6-of-28 (21 percent) in the first half.
There was an 8-minute stretch for Texas A&M with 10
consecutive missed shots. After Turner’s jumper with 9:39 left in
the first half, when Baylor led 17-9, the Aggies didn’t make
another field goal until Middleton’s 3-pointer with 1:39 left when
they still trailed 28-14.
Aggies guard David Loubeau had three fouls while playing only 2
minutes in the first half, when Middleton was limited to only 10
minutes because of two early fouls.
Baylor had an 18-4 run in the first half that Jones started with
a turnaround 15-footer and ended with a long jumper. The Bears had
a 30-17 halftime lead, then scored the first five points of the
”Defensively, I’m proud of our guys. We did a good enough job
defensively,” Kennedy said. ”But when you go 6-for-28 in the
first half and you’ve got two of your best players on the bench not
playing, it’s going to be tough.”