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Baylor stays hot in Big 12 opener

WACO, Texas — With its highest ranking ever and the best start in its history, fourth-ranked Baylor opened Big 12 play accomplishing another first.

Perry Jones III had 14 points with 12 rebounds, and the Bears remained undefeated with a 61-52 victory over Texas A&M on Monday night for their first 14-game winning streak.

The Bears went ahead 8-0 and led throughout on the day they moved up two spots in the AP poll.

"I make sure, being the captain of the team, that we don't pay attention to that," senior Quincy Acy said. "It's good to have it, but we want more."

Part of the opening spurt was Pierre Jackson's halfcourt alley-oop pass to Jones for a dunk.

"Actually, that was the first time he's ever thrown me an alley-oop that far," Jones said. "But you've got to be ready for anything when he's on the floor."

NO. 21 VIRGINIA 57, LSU 52: Sammy Zeglinski had 17 points, including a big 3-pointer late, to help the visiting Cavaliers (13-1) to their 11th straight win.

MIAMI 99, UNC GREENSBORO 89: Kenny Kadji scored 30, and the host Hurricanes (9-4) withstood an upset bit.

NO. 11 LOUISVILLE: Coach Rick Pitino said he doesn't expect forward Stephan Van Treese, out with a left knee injury, to contribute this season and added that freshman Wayne Blackshear is behind in his recovery from a right shoulder injury.

OKLAHOMA ST.: Swingman Jean-Paul Olukemi is out for the season with a knee injury.

AP POLL: Syracuse remained No. 1 for a fourth straight week, and Pittsburgh and Creighton dropped out. No. 23 Kansas State and No. 25 Gonzaga entered.


NO. 5 MARYLAND 91, FSU 70: Laurin Mincy had 23 points as the visiting Terps (14-0) routed the Seminoles (8-7) in both teams' ACC opener.

NO. 25 UNC 65, NO. 12 MIAMI 63: Chay Shegog hit the go-ahead free throws with 1:11 left, helping the host Tar Heels (11-2) rally past the Hurricanes (11-3) in the ACC opener for both.

NO. 7 DUKE 77, VIRGINIA 66: Tricia Liston had 18 points to lead four players in double figures for the host Blue Devils (10-2), who won their 19th straight in the series in their ACC opener.

NO. 8 OHIO ST. 84, IOWA 71: Samantha Prahalis scored 30 and Tayler Hill 28 to rally the host Buckeyes (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten) from a 15-point first-half deficit.

NO. 18 PURDUE 64, ILLINOIS 63: Courtney Moses hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired to lift the visiting Boilermakers (12-3, 2-0 Big Ten).

NO. 22 PENN ST. 82, WISCONSIN 49: Maggie Lucas scored 18 for the visiting Nittany Lions (11-3, 1-1 Big Ten), who pulled away with a 14-0 first-half run.

AP POLL: Baylor remained the unanimous No. 1.

Baylor stays hot in Big 12 opener 01/02/12 [Last modified: Monday, January 2, 2012 11:51pm]
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