South Carolina State vs Baylor

No. 9 Bears take bite out of Bulldogs wire reports

WACO, Texas -- Anthony Jones went to both sides of the court and finally got ninth-ranked Baylor on a roll.

Jones opened the second half with consecutive 3-pointers, one from the right side in front of his teammates on the bench and then one from the left side, and the Bears went on to a 70-50 victory against South Carolina State on Tuesday night.

"We needed a spark. We weren't making shots early and came out kind of sluggish," Jones said. "At halftime, we were kind of down on ourselves by how we played in the first half. We felt like it was important to come out and play our basketball, the way we've been playing all season."

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Those 3-pointers by Jones, who finished with a career-high 21 points, got the Bears (4-0) started on a roll of 14 consecutive points in just more than four minutes to start the second half. That came after they scored the final five points before halftime to break the final tie.

"That's how you open a game," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "They were stuck on one point for a long time and the next group came in and kept them on one point for a long time. So a lot of good things right there."

After Jones made his key shots, Brady Heslip also hit a pair of 3-pointers before a turnaround jumper by Quincy Miller for a 47-28 lead.

Jones was 9-of-14 shooting and had three 3-pointers. Pierre Jackson added 11 points for Baylor, which plays at home again Wednesday night.

Brandon Riley scored 13 points to lead South Carolina State (2-2), but also had nine turnovers. Khalif Toombs added 12 points.

South Carolina State had seven turnovers, six by Riley, and had missed five shots to start the second half before Toombs grabbed a defensive rebound and then scored with 13:08 left.

"The second half, they started applying pressure on us. We had six straight possessions where we got nothing out of the possession," Bulldogs coach Tim Carter said. "We never recovered from that. They did a good job putting pressure on us after halftime."

The Bulldogs closed the gap to 54-38 on a 3-pointer by Riley with seven and a half minutes left that capped an 11-2 run in which Toombs had two 3-pointers before Drew called timeout.

With another game in less than 24 hours, Drew kept rotating players. This game didn't start until after 9 p.m. local time because it was part of a doubleheader and followed the top-ranked Lady Bears' 109-59 victory over Yale.

The game was tied at 28 after Omar Sanders had a tip-in for South Carolina State with 1:18 left in the first half. Sanders finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

"It was just slow and sluggish," Quincy Acy said of the Bears' play up to that point. "We've got to work on that as a team. When it's like that, somebody has to do something to get a spark. Ant Jones came out with the buckets."

Acy's jumper with a minute left in the first half put the Bears ahead to stay, and they were up 33-28 after A.J. Walton's tip-in just before the buzzer.

Miller, the freshman who had been the Bears' leading scorer each of the first three games, was held to five points on two-of-eight shooting.

The Bears on Wednesday night host Texas-Arlington (3-0), which also played and won Tuesday night. UTA defeated North Texas 97-64.

That will be the last game Baylor will have to play without preseason Big 12 player of the year Perry Jones III, the 6-foot-11 sophomore forward who has been serving a six-game NCAA suspension for accepting improper benefits before he got to Baylor.

Jones' suspension started in Baylor's final game last season. He will be eligible to return next Tuesday at home against Prairie View.

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Anthony Jones scores a career-high 21 points to help the Baylor Bears defeat the South Carolina State Bulldogs. (US Presswire)
Anthony Jones scores a career-high 21 points to help the Baylor Bears defeat the South Carolina State Bulldogs. (US Presswire)
South Carolina State (3-2)282250
Baylor #9 (4-0) «333770
SCST:B. Riley 13 Pts
SCST:O. Sanders 10 Reb
SCST:K. Toombs 1 Ast
BAY:A. Jones 21 Pts
BAY:Q. Acy 8 Reb
BAY:A. Walton 6 Ast

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South Carolina StateBaylor
Omar Sanders
Anthony Jones
South Carolina State Bulldogs
K. Toombs, G375-80-011012
B. Riley, G-F344-162-251413
O. Sanders, F284-81-4100210
A. Martin, G-F281-81-25003
P. Bell, C261-52-28034
L. Radovic, F272-60-04134
S. Barber, G182-50-11044
D. Joint, F20-00-01000
J. Ikhinmwin, FDid Not Play
D. Wooten, FDid Not Play
D. Coleman, GDid Not Play
T. Gilleylen, FDid Not Play
Totals 19-566-113531650
Baylor Bears
Q. Acy, F323-73-48039
A. Jones, F289-140-231021
A. Walton, G262-41-25625
B. Heslip, G263-60-00129
C. Jefferson, F120-20-03030
Q. Miller, F322-81-23115
P. Jackson, G164-71-222111
D. Bello, G152-82-44106
F. Ellis, F121-12-22024
J. Neubert, F10-00-00000
J. Morgan, F-CDid Not Play
P. Jones III, F-CDid Not Play
G. Franklin, GDid Not Play
L. Lowery, FDid Not Play
Totals 26-5710-1830121470
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N.C. Central13-325-9202
Norfolk St.12-417-17242
Morgan St.11-514-16326
Savannah St.10-613-16279
Md.-E. Shore9-714-20278
S.C. State7-911-20302
Delaware St.7-910-22332
Coppin St.7-98-24336
Florida A&M5-117-23349
N.C. A&T1-153-29350

Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
W. Virginia12-628-924
Iowa St.12-624-1121
Oklahoma St.9-920-1340
Kansas St.8-1021-1457
Texas Tech6-1218-14123
Other games
Memphis 99 Final
Tenn 97
La Salle 69 Final
Ark St 27 Final
Louisville 54
Michigan 75 Final
TNST 69 Final
NC 102
UMKC 31 Final
Wisc 77
UCLA 56 Final
Kansas 72
Missouri 92 Final
California 53