Nov. 11, 2007
WACO, Texas - Kevin Rogers scored a team-high 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as Baylor defeated Jackson State 100-76 on Sunday night in the season-opener for both teams.
Rogers shot 7-for-10 from the floor and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. He grabbed 11 rebounds, including four on the offensive glass, to tally his sixth-career double-double.
"We improved in a lot of areas that we found out we needed to improve in after the Tarleton (State) game, so that's a good thing," said head coach Scott Drew. "The other thing is, you win, so that's a better feeling than last week"
Freshman LaceDarius Dunn scored 17 points in his first collegiate action. He connected on three treys and grabbed six rebounds. Henry Dugat scored 16 points, while Aaron Bruce added 12 for the Bears. Curtis Jerrells recorded 11 points, his 15th-straight game in double-figure scoring.
"When LaceDarius came in he showed what an offensive spark he can give the team, and he was really on fire in the first half," said Drew. "We really extended the lead when he was in, and he rebounds well, so we'll work on the turnover part, but I'm very pleased with his performance."
Jackson State's Jeremy Caldwell scored a game-high 21 points, while Grant Maxey added 14 points and six rebounds.
Baylor made 31-of-51 (60.8 percent) attempts from the floor, the third time in the last four outings above 60 precent from the floor. The Bears also connected on 29 free throws, the most since Baylor made 33 free throws in a 72-64 win over Texas A&M in 2004.
"That week off that we had in between games helped us figure out some things and correct some things," said Rogers. "We came in and executed, but we still have some kinks that we need to work out on defense. Seventy-six points is too much to give up, but we came in with a better focus for this game."
Six transition points from Rogers and a Dunn three-pointer keyed a 23-8 run over 5:54 in the first half to give Baylor a 53-29 edge. The Bears connected on seven treys and 18-of-20 free throws to build a 61-37 halftime lead.
"My team was moving the ball pretty well, so I got a lot of good looks from my teammates moving the ball around," said Dunn. "Coach always tells us to make three passes and then look for the score, so that's what we did, and I got a lot of good shots."
Baylor placed three players in double-figure scoring in the first period as the Bears shot 69.2 percent (18-26) from the floor. The 61 points is the most points in a single half since the Bears tallied 64 points in the second half against North Carolina A&T during the 1999-2000 season.
Baylor returns to action on Nov. 16 as the Bears face Wichita State in first round action at the 2007 Paradise Jam in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. CST from the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center.