Jackson 25 for No. 19 Baylor in 78-47 win over JSU

  • Associated Press
  • November 11, 2012 - 7:22 PM

WACO, Texas - Pierre Jackson had 25 points and seven assists for No. 19 Baylor, and the Bears rolled to a 78-47 victory over Jackson State on Sunday.

Jackson, the senior guard named the preseason Big 12 player of the year, scored the game's first five points — on a free throw, a jumper and a tip-in in the first 3 minutes — and the Bears (2-0) never trailed.

Cory Jefferson added 14 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots for Baylor. Rico Gathers and Taurean Prince, both freshman post players, had 13 points each. Gathers also had 10 rebounds.

Jeff Stubbs had 15 points to lead Jackson State, the Southwestern Athletic Conference team from Mississippi playing its season opener. Willie Readus had 11 points.

Before the game, Baylor unveiled a banner for its NCAA regional final appearance last season. The Bears had a school-record 30 victories last season while advancing to a regional final for the second time in three years.

Baylor has won all six series games against the Tigers, all coming in the last six seasons. The Bears are 43-0 all-time against SWAC teams.

Even without 7-foot-1 freshman center Isaiah Austin, who sprained his right ankle in his impressive collegiate debut two days earlier, the Bears dominated in the paint again.

The Bears scored 54 of their points inside, including more dunks by Jefferson, who had nine in the opener.

In the season-opening 99-77 win over Lehigh, the No. 15 seed that upset Duke in last season's NCAA tournament, the Bears scored 68 points in the paint, had 28 assists and shot 65 percent from the field — all the best single-game marks under coach Scott Drew, who is in his 10th season.

Austin scored 22 points in 17 minutes in that win over Lehigh before he rolled his ankle early in the second half when he came down on the foot of a defender after making a turnaround jumper.

It isn't clear how long Austin will be out.

The Bears are playing five games in the first 10 days of the season, next at the Charleston Classic. They open that tournament Thursday against Boston College.

Readus made a jumper midway through the first half to get Jackson State within 19-10. That's as close as the Tigers would get.

Baylor then scored 10 consecutive points, with Jackson's two free throws making it 29-10 with 6 minutes left before halftime. That spurt started when Jackson had an assist for a basket by A.J. Walton, who returned the favor with a pass to Jackson for a fastbreak layup.

Walton had a steal that led to a dunk by Gathers, who then had a diving steal at the top of the key. Gathers swatted the ball to the other end of the court, where it was picked up by Jackson for a dunk of his own.

Baylor led 40-23 at halftime, and had as much as a 34-point lead after that.

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