Texas Southern loses opener 77-57 at No. 12 Baylor
Texas Southern helped out No. 12 Baylor way too much.
In a turnover-plagued and foul-filled season opener, the Tigers
lost 77-57 on Friday night.
”We went on a spell. We turned it over. We shot it quick. We
just didn’t play,” Texas State coach Tony B. Harvey said. ”We had
guys that had foul trouble, had rotations, had different lineup
changes, guys forced to play who weren’t ready to play.”
The Tigers were in foul trouble early, with 6-foot-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.
While Quincy Miller had an impressive debut for Baylor with 17
points, the Bears also turned 18 Texas Southern turnovers in 27
”We gave up too many points off turnovers. We gave up way too
many offensive rebounds (15) and we were just really soft out there
in that zone,” Harvey said. ”We were really soft. It was just a
tough night for us.”
Miller scored 12 points after halftime, including two 3-pointers
when the Bears put the game away with 11 points in less than a
”My teammates were looking for me to score, just looking for me
every time,” Miller said. ”We were just feeling it. That’s all I
Returning senior starters Quincy Acy and Anthony Jones had 11
points each for Baylor while Cory Jefferson, who redshirted last
season after playing as a freshman, had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Jones led the Bears with 12 rebounds.
Miller is a 6-9 freshman power forward from Chicago whose senior
season at Westchester Country Day in North Carolina was cut short
by an ACL injury.
”We expect so much because we know he has that in him. … It’s
tough enough adjusting from high school to college, but even harder
when you’re basically rehabbing your senior season,” coach Scott
Drew said. ”It will take him a little time. He’s going to get
better as the year goes on. … He has a knack for hitting big
shots, and isn’t scared to take big shots.”
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 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, started the season with 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
Omar Strong led Texas Southern with 14 points. He was only 4 of
15 from the field, including 4 of 13 on 3-pointers. Fred Sturdivant
had 11 points.
The Bears led only 37-30 at halftime before taking over.
Baylor is 40-0 against teams from the Southwestern Athletic
Conference, with 21 of those wins coming during 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
”It’s huge, we all got a bad taste in our mouth,” Anthony
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.
”We were minus a couple of weapons, a little banged up. We
needed some guys to step up big and try to do some things,” Harvey
said. ”But we’ll take it and go back to the drawing board. … The
outcome and the score didn’t look that way for us, but there were