Nov. 13, 2010
WACO, Texas (AP) - No. 16 Baylor scored the first 11 points of the game - the first two before the opening tip - and the Bears went on to a season-opening 87-52 victory over Grambling State on Friday night.
Grambling State was assessed a technical foul for dunking and hanging on the rim during pregame warmups. Fred Ellis made two free throws before tipoff.
Freshman sensation Perry Jones made a thunderous debut when the 6-foot-11 forward had an alley-oop dunk on a half-court pass from fellow freshman Stargell Love for the first BAYLOR field goal of the season - less than a minute into the game.
Jones finished with 11 points and eight rebounds while J'mison Morgan scored 12 points.
Brandon Wilson led Grambling State with 18 points while Yondarius Johnson had 12.
The Bears unveiled before the game their 2010 NCAA tournament banner signifying their appearance in the South Regional final last season, one win shy of their first Final Four appearance in 60 years.
"You look at the freshmen, we had 13 turnovers from the freshmen, but at the same time they had 10 assists," said head coach Scott Drew. "We like the assists, we need to cut down on the turnovers and good things will happen for the future."
Anthony Jones and Acy scored seven points each as Baylor opened the second half with a 16-6 run to stretch its lead to 57-31. Jones hit a 3-pointer and had two layups, while Acy had a dunk, a baseline drive and a three-point play off an inbounds play in that spurt.
After Baylor's game-opening 11-0 run, Wilson made a layup for Grambling's first points.
But the Bears responded with six more points, a tip-in and a dunk by Morgan and another dunk by Acy. They were up 38-19 before halftime when Anthony Jones drove from the left wing for a left-handed slam.