Jones leads Baylor over Jackson State 63-49
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Star freshman Perry Jones had 20 points and eight rebounds, helping No. 17 Baylor beat Jackson State 63-49 on Thursday night.
Fred Ellis hit a 3-pointer on the game's first shot and the Bears (3-0) never trailed. But they had 26 turnovers in a sporadic performance in their last game before suspended guard LaceDarius Dunn returns.
Rod Melvin had 22 points, including six 3-pointers, for Jackson State (0-3).
Baylor improved to 37-0 against Southwestern Athletic Conference teams. The Bears had won 15 of the previous games by at least 30 points and had averaged 101 points in three previous games against Jackson State.
A.J. Walton added 14 points for Baylor, along with five assists, four steals and six turnovers. Quincy Acy, who averaged 22.5 points and 11.5 rebounds with double-doubles in each of the first two games, had eight points, six rebounds and four turnovers.
Dunn is eligible to play Monday against Lipscomb. He led the Bears in scoring last season when they set a school record with 28 wins and made it to the NCAA round of eight.
Baylor suspended Dunn for the first three games after his arrest last month for a domestic dispute charge involving his girlfriend. The woman, the mother of Dunn's 3-year-old son, has disputed police accounts, saying Dunn didn't hit her and her jaw wasn't broken. She has asked that all charges be dropped.
After Walton hit a 3-pointer with 15:13 left for a 41-29 lead, the Bears went 11 minutes without making a basket. They had eight turnovers and missed four shots in that span, but their lead was only trimmed by one because of free throws.
When Ellis made a layup with 4:13 left to end the field-goal drought, then completed the three-point play with a free throw, the Bears still had a 54-43 lead.
Baylor made 13 of 19 shots (68 percent) and had a 16-2 rebounding edge at halftime, but only had a 34-26 lead after 16 turnovers.
Jackson State, playing the third of seven straight road games to open the season, was coming off an 80-39 loss at Central Florida on Monday.
Baylor plays its first seven games at home.
Jones had 15 points by halftime, including nine straight to push the Bears to an early 12-5 lead. But they had a five-possession stretch when they had four turnovers and a basket by Jones.
Updated November 18, 2010