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Bears hang on to end skid

Baylor forward Perry Jones III, who had 21 points, shoots over Oklahoma forward Andrew Fitzgerald in the first half.

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Baylor forward Perry Jones III, who had 21 points, shoots over Oklahoma forward Andrew Fitzgerald in the first half.

NORMAN, Okla. — After Baylor followed two perfect months with two straight losses, coach Scott Drew was glad to see his star player back on his game.

Perry Jones III had 21 points and tied his season high with 12 rebounds, leading the sixth-ranked Bears to a 77-65 win over Oklahoma on Tuesday night.

It was Jones' highest scoring output in 11 games, helping Baylor (18-2, 5-2 Big 12) bounce back after consecutive losses to Kansas and Missouri.

"Welcome back, Perry Jones," Drew said. "After he tweaked that ankle in Kansas, for a game-and-a-half I think that affected him. He had two good practices and mentally got right and physically has gotten better.

"He's back to playing how he's capable of playing."

Pierre Jackson added 16 points and seven assists and Quincy Acy had 13 points and three blocks for the Bears, who shot 54 percent to top 50 percent for the fourth time in five games. They also made 9 of 18 3's after going in as the Big 12's best 3-point shooting team at 41 percent.

The Bears led throughout but needed a strong finish to put away the Sooners, who were within 62-60 in the final five minutes.

"We got a little sloppy on defense and started letting them get a couple easy, open looks. We got a couple offensive rebounds and easy putbacks and really tied down on defense and started defending and rebounding," Acy said. "That's going to be the key for us to win."

NO. 1 KENTUCKY 57, GEORGIA 44: Darius Miller came off the bench to score 19, and the visiting Wildcats (20-1, 6-0 SEC) cruised in their first game since returning to No. 1.

NO. 13 SAN DIEGO ST. 52, WYOMING 42: Jamaal Franklin had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting Aztecs (18-2, 4-0 Mountain West), who won their 11th straight game.

NO. 20 MICHIGAN 66, PURDUE 64: Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 for the visiting Wolverines (16-5, 6-2 Big Ten), who held on when the Boilermakers' Robbie Hummel missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.

MIAMI 64, GA. TECH 49: Kenny Kadji had 21 points for the Hurricanes (11-7, 2-3 ACC), who have won two of their past three and improved to 2-5 on the road.

NO. 22 KANSAS ST.: Coach Frank Martin said forward Jordan Henriquez was reinstated and is available for tonight's game at Texas Tech. Henriquez was suspended Thursday for conduct detrimental to the team.


NO. 11 RUTGERS 65, NO. 23 DEPAUL 64: Khadijah Rushdan's layup with 1.5 seconds left capped a rally as the host Scarlet Knights (17-3, 6-1 Big East) came back from a 16-point deficit with 10 minutes left against the Blue Demons (15-6, 3-4).

OKLA. ST. 57, NO. 14 TEXAS A&M 53: Tiffany Bias had 14 points, including a tiebreaking layup with 28 seconds left, and the host Cowboys upset the Aggies (13-5, 4-3 Big 12) to beat a ranked team for the second time this season (Texas was the other one).

NO. 20 G'TOWN 64, W. VA. 54: Ta'Shauna "Sugar" Rodgers and Tia Magee scored 17 each for the visiting Hoyas (16-5, 5-3 Big East), who pulled away with a 16-4 second-half run.

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