Dec. 14, 2011
WACO, Texas (AP) - Pierre Jackson scored 12 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and had consecutive assists on slam dunks that put sixth-ranked Baylor ahead to stay in a 69-42 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday night.
Jackson had a steal then a bounce pass to Deuce Bello for a dunk, and turned another Bethune-Cookman turnover right after that into a pass to Anthony Jones for another slam. That was part of an early 10-0 run that put the Bears (8-0) ahead to stay.
Baylor has won its first eight games for the first time under 10th-year coach Scott Drew. The Bears have won 25 consecutive non-conference home games over the past five seasons.
While the Bears had plenty of high-flying dunks, the highlight for many fans was Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III being honored at halftime. He is the school's first Heisman winner.
Garrius Holloman had 13 points and Anthony Breeze 12 for Bethune-Cookman (3-7), the defending MEAC champion.
Holloman's 3-pointer 5 minutes into the game put the Wildcats up 10-9. Bello tied the game with a free throw a minute later to start the 10-0 run, and the consecutive Jackson-assisted dunks came right after that.
All 10 Bears who played scored, half of them scoring at least eight points.
Quincy Acy was the only other Baylor player in double figures with 10 points. Acy became the 25th player in school history with 1,000 points, the seventh since Drew became coach, with a free throw in the closing minutes.
Griffin was greeted at halftime with the Superman theme and chants of "One more year! One more year!"
Fans chanted "RG3! RG3!" when highlights of the quarterback were shown, including Saturday night's presentation of him becoming Baylor's first Heisman winner. Griffin had a huge smile when he came out carrying the trophy before raising it over his head.
Soon after the halftime ceremony, Acy had one of the most dominating stretches of the game.
Acy had a two-handed slam when he reacted with a loud scream to put the Bears up 39-18. Right after that, he had a block when he swatted away a shot at the other end.
Jackson hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to make it 50-20, Baylor's biggest lead.
The Bears had a 42-16 scoring advantage in the paint, much of that coming on dunks against the much smaller Wildcats. They shot 56 percent (28 of 50) from the field, including 14 of 22 (64 percent) after halftime.
Baylor played for the first time in 10 days after final exams, having last played Dec. 4, a 69-41 victory at Northwestern. The Bears play their second road game of the season Saturday at BYU.