Acy powers Baylor rally

AUSTIN, Texas — Quincy Acy had 22 points and 16 rebounds to power No. 13 Baylor to a tough 77-72 win over Texas on Monday night.

Baylor (23-5, 10-5 Big 12) rallied from a 12-point deficit early in the second half and Acy scored seven straight to give the Bears a five-point lead with less than three minutes left. Johnathan Holmes made a 3-pointer to pull Texas within 71-70 before Pierre Jackson made six consecutive free throws to put the game away.

J'Covan Brown scored 18 to lead the Longhorns but had a turnover with 12 seconds left that prevented Texas from shooting for a tie. Brown dribbled into a double team, then his wild pass was intercepted.

Brady Heslip helped spark the Baylor rally with three 3-pointers in the second half.

former green devil sets mark: Former St. Petersburg High standout Antwan Carter became Longwood (Va.) University's all-time leading scorer Monday, with 1,808. He surpassed Kevin Jefferson's 22-year-old record of 1,806.

ALABAMA: Coach Anthony Grant suspended junior forward Tony Mitchell for the rest of the season but cleared senior JaMychal Green to return to practice. Grant didn't elaborate.

REF REPRIMANDED: The ACC publicly reprimanded official Karl Hess for failing to follow procedure when ejecting former North Carolina State stars Chris Corchiani and Tom Gugliotta from the stands during Saturday's loss to Florida State.

AP POLL: FSU moved up to 15th from 20th. No. 18 New Mexico and No. 22 Temple entered for the first time, and Saint Mary's and Gonzaga fell out. Kentucky and Syracuse remained 1-2.

Women

NO. 3 NOTRE DAME 68, NO. 16 LOUISVILLE 52: Skylar Diggins scored 21 to help the visiting Fighting Irish (26-2, 13-1) move a step closer to a Big East title. The Cardinals (19-8, 8-6) lost for the fourth time in six games.

NO. 11 PENN ST. 84, NO. 8 OHIO ST. 66: Nikki Greene had 25 points and 18 rebounds to help the host Lions (22-5, 11-3) rout the Buckeyes (23-4, 10-4) and clinch at least a share of their first Big Ten title since 2004.

NO. 13 KENTUCKY 70, VANDY 61: Samarie Walker had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the host Wildcats (22-5, 11-3 SEC), who bounced back after three straight road losses that knocked them out of the top 10.

MISSISSIPPI ST.: Coach Sharon Fanning-Otis plans to retire after the season. Fanning-Otis is 608-457 over 36 seasons at three schools and is one of 14 women's coaches with 600 career wins.

AP POLL: Miami moved up a spot to No. 5. St. John's entered at No. 20 and Gonzaga re-entered No. 25 while South Carolina and BYU fell out. Baylor remained the unanimous No. 1.

Acy powers Baylor rally 02/20/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:10am]

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