Bears Bite Pioneers, 100-72

Dec. 15, 2007

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WACO, Texas (AP) -- Curtis Jerrells scored 18 points and Kevin Rogers had 17 as Baylor beat Wayland Baptist 100-72 Saturday night.

LaceDarius Dunn added 14 points and Henry Dugat scored 12 for the Bears (8-1). Michal Polanowski scored 16 points, Jason Griffin added 15 and Tony Jones and Kris Hatley had 11 each for Wayland Baptist, an NAIA school.

The Pioneers were still close in the second half after a three-point play by Polanowski pulled them within 58-50 with 13:38 left. The Bears then went on a 23-2 run spurred by a pair of layups by Josh Lomers, consecutive 3-pointers from Jerrells and Dugat and five Wayland turnovers.

The Bears also made eight consecutive free throws over a 1:03 span to take an 81-52 lead with 7:33 remaining.

Griffin hit two 3-pointers early and scored eight of the Pioneers' first 12 points as Wayland Baptist took a 12-5 lead with 14:30 left in the first half.

Dunn answered with a 3-pointer, two free throws and a three-point play to spur a Bears rally that tied the score at 20-20 with 8:21 to play.

The Bears made 14 of 27 from 3-point range, with Dunn and Jerrells hitting six each. Rogers also made the first 3-pointer of his career. All 11 Bears who played scored.



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