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MBB Cruises Past Jackson State in Return to Fort Hood

BAYLOR 37 45 82

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Fort Hood, Texas - Attendance: 2,500

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Al Freeman scored a season-high 19 points and made a career-best five 3-pointers and No. 4 Baylor returned to Fort Hood with an 82-57 victory over Jackson State on Saturday night.

It was the second straight year that the Bears played on the nation's largest Army post, about an hour's drive south of their Waco campus. Baylor is 10-0 for the first time since starting 17-0 in 2011-12.

There was a near-capacity crowd that included soldiers and their families in Abrams Gym, which has a large American flag on the wall behind the benches opposite the only permanent set of stands.

Edric Dennis scored 21 points for Jackson State (3-8), which stayed close until a 24-6 Baylor run that started late in the first half and ended with the Bears up 58-38 with about 12 minutes remaining.

Baylor's Jo Lual-Acuil had a season-high 17 points with six rebounds and five blocks - slightly better than his 4.3-block average that ranks second nationally.

The Tigers stayed close with some long 3-pointers in the first half but made just three of 13 percent from long range in the second half and shot 30 percent overall for the game.

Jackson State's Sherron Wilson was ejected for flagrant foul that sent Johnathan Motley sprawling to the floor midway through second half, not long after Derek Roscoe was given a technical for saying something to Terry Maston after blocking Maston's shot.

Wilson's foul was the third technical in about 5 minutes for the Tigers.


Jackson State: Tigers visit Duquesne on Monday, take an 11-day break before playing Fisk at home Dec. 30 and open SWAC play at Alabama State on Jan. 2.

Baylor: Bears have rare case of playing on consecutive days in different facilities, with a game at home Sunday against John Brown. There's just one nonconference game left after that Wednesday at home against Texas Southern before the Big 12 opener Dec. 30 at Oklahoma.



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