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Acy helps No. 17 Baylor to 74-64 win over La Salle

Nov. 16, 2010

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Tony Gutierrez | Associated Press
No. 5 forward Perry Jones shoots over La Salle's No. 3 guard Tyreek Duren in the second half of the game Tuesday.

By Stephen Hawkins
Associated Press Basketball Writer

WACO -- Quincy Acy had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Anthony Jones scored three consecutive baskets to ignite a go-ahead spurt early in the second half and 17th-ranked Baylor overcame an often sloppy performance to beat La Salle 74-64 on Tuesday.

Playing the second of three games to start the season without suspended guard LaceDarius Dunn, the Bears (2-0) went ahead to stay with the 13-2 run soon after halftime.

After Acy swatted Aaric Murray's shot into the courtside band to start the second half, La Salle (1-1) maintained possession and Ruben Guillandeaux hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 32. After another Baylor turnover when Earl Pettis drew a charging foul from A.J. Walton, Pettis passed inside to Jerrell Williams to give the Explorers their last lead.

Jones had a layup after an offensive rebound and tie the game again. Jones was then credited another basket after Murray was called for goaltending and then scored again on an easy lay-in on an ally-oop pass from Fred Ellis.

The Bears were up 45-36 when Acy drove through a small gap between defenders for a one-handed slam.

Anthony Jones had 14 points and seven rebounds while freshman sensational Perry Jones had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Murray led La Salle with 17 points, while Williams had 15 and Guillandeaux had 11. Williams and Murray both nine rebounds each.

Baylor had 22 turnovers that led to 20 points by the Explorers. The Bears held a 32-29 lead at halftime, but already had 15 turnovers by then that led to La Salle points.

Acy also had his share of sloppy moments. He was called for an intentional foul against Murray, and then after rebounding a missed 3-pointer that gave the Bears the ball back, he was called for basket interference to wipe out a Baylor field goal.

But after Murray scored with about 8 minutes left to get La Salle back within a field goal, Acy had an impressive three-point play.

Acy grabbed the rebound and took a shot in traffic that he missed. But he got the ball right back and went up again -- his shot dropped through the basket as he fell to the floor after getting fouled hard by Murray. Acy made the free throw and it was 54-49.

There was another highlight-worthy board for Acy in the first half, when he grabbed the rebound and dunked over the back of 6-foot-8 Devon White. Then on the next Baylor possession, Acy hit a long jumper from just inside the 3-point line.