|Texas-Arlington's Cameron Catlett (25) makes a steal against Baylor guard Pierre Jackson (55) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)|
No. 9 Baylor wins 75-65 over Texas-Arlington
WACO, Texas—Quincy Miller had 17 points and 11 rebounds as ninth-ranked Baylor won its second home game in less than 24 hours, 75-65 over Texas-Arlington on Wednesday night.
It was the first career double-double for the 6-foot-9 freshman forward, who led five players in double figures for Baylor (5-0). Quincy Acy also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Pierre Jackson added 16 points for the Bears, while Brady Heslip had 12 points on four 3-pointers and Cory Jefferson scored 10 points.
LaMarcus Reed III had 21 points with four 3-pointers to lead Texas-Arlington (3-1), which was also coming off a Tuesday night victory at home. Bo Ingram had 14 points.
Miller had been the leading scorer for the Bears in each of their first three games before being held to only five points in 70-50 victory over South Carolina State the night before. That game started just after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, while Wednesday's game was done by about that same time.
The Mavericks won 97-64 over North Texas on Tuesday night in a game in which they had a 32-0 run, but weren't able to put together any big spurts like that against a bigger Baylor team.
Texas-Arlington was outrebounded 49-33 and Baylor also had a 21-10 advantage in second-chance points.
Before a late spurt by the Mavericks, Baylor had pushed the lead to as much as 18 points.
Heslip hit a 3-pointer from the right side off an inbounds pass from A.J. Walton with about 12 minutes left, then soon after that Miller made a pass to Acy for a one-handed slam and a 55-39 lead.
Playing again so quickly probably had an effect on the ragged start for both teams.
Baylor missed its first eight shots before Heslip's 3-pointer made it 4-2 almost 4 minutes into the game. The Mavericks missed their first five shots before Ingram's long jumper on the next possession tied the game.
Texas-Arlington did get out to an 11-9 lead after Bradley Gay's fast-break layup. After Jackson's turnover with 12:49 left, Baylor coach Scott Drew reinserted four starters who were getting a breather on the bench.
The Bears then scored 14 consecutive points.
Cory Jefferson, the only non-starter still on the court, made a turnaround jumper with 12 minutes left to tie the game at 11 before an impressive segment by Acy.
After Acy swatted away Cameron Catlett's shot, Heslip took the ball up the court and passed to Walton, who got the ball back to Acy in the lane. Acy drove to the right side of the basket for a short hook for a 13-11 lead with 11:47 left that put Baylor ahead to stay.
Baylor had stretched to lead to 23-11 before Reed made a 3-pointer with 8:15 left, when he fell down in front of the Baylor bench on the right side after letting go of the shot. That was the first of a pair of 3-pointers and another long jumper for Reed in a span of only 66 seconds to cut the gap to 25-19.
The Bears played their last game without preseason Big 12 player of the year Perry Jones III, the 6-foot-11 sophomore forward who had to serve a six-game NCAA suspension for accepting improper benefits before he got to Baylor. The suspension started in Baylor's final game last season.
Jones will be eligible to return Tuesday at home against Prairie View, the last of six consecutive home games for Baylor to open the season.