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Bears overcome mistakes to top La Salle, 74-64

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 Chris Derrett
Sports Editor

Quincy Acy led the way for Baylor with his fifth career double-double as the Bears pulled away from La Salle in Tuesday's ESPN televised game, 74-64.

Playing its second of three games without suspended senior LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor overcame early mistakes and out-shot the Explorers to improve to 2-0 on the season.

"The upperclassmen really came through, Quincy, Anthony [Jones], Fred [Ellis]. I thought they really settled us down when it was a tight game, when we needed to be settled down," coach Scott Drew said.

La Salle briefly held a 16-15 lead near the nine minute mark of the first half, but Acy hit a jumper that put his team ahead for good.

When the Explorers cut the Baylor lead to two points with fewer than nine minutes left in the game, it was Acy making a crucial play. He rebounded a missed 3-pointer, grabbed his own missed putback attempt and drew a foul as he hit on his second effort.

"That was very impressive. I'm trying to be like him, get all the rebounds and putbacks I can," freshman Perry Jones III said.

Jones III later threw down a dunk and made a jumper for a 58-52 lead, and Acy's offensive rebound and putback dunk pushed it to 60-52.

Along with Acy and Jones III, senior Anthony Jones finished in double figures with 14 points. The three starting forwards combined for 51 of the Bears' 74 points.

Turnovers plagued the Bears early as neither team could pull away. By halftime Baylor tallied 15 turnovers, 10 being La Salle steals. A.J. Walton, who was making his first official collegiate start at point guard, was responsible for three.

But when Walton and the Bears did work the ball inside, the team's overbearing size created problems for the Explorers, among them three dunks and 18 points in the paint.

"They're gigantic, and they're active," La Salle head coach John Giannini said.

Acy was 6 of 8 at the halftime buzzer. His seven rebounds, four offensive, were leading the Bears as were his 14 points.

"Last year we had Ekpe [Udoh] getting 100 rebounds a game. He called me; I talk to him very often. He told me I have to work on rebounding. That's what I need to do; that's going to help the team," Acy said.

While Acy drew the most crowd noise from his four dunks, his all-around game has seen improvement during the offseason.

"Late nights at the gym," Acy said. "I don't want [opponents to think], just back off and let him shoot it, like he's going to drive every time. So if they back off, I want to be able to hit the 15-footer but not force it."

Although the forwards did the heavy lifting, Walton and Ellis each added nine points. Freshman Stargell Love was quiet in the box score but did play 16 minutes and committed three turnovers, half of what he had in Baylor's season opener against Grambling State.

Freshman J'mison Morgan's only field goal of the game was a dunk that was part of the 7-2 run the Bears used to erase the 16-15 deficit.

Baylor cut its turnovers to seven in the second half and rejected six shots in the period, four being from Jones III.

Drew's squad returns to action at 7 p.m. Thursday when Jackson State visits Waco.