No. 6 Baylor dunks past Bethune-Cookman 69-42
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
WACO, Texas (AP) The Baylor pep band played the Superman theme when Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III was honored at halftime.
Maybe the band members need to keep the tune handy for the high-flying act the sixth-ranked Bears have on the basketball court.
Quincy Acy had four of Baylor's 10 dunks, and Pierre Jackson had a team-high 12 points to go with consecutive assists on early slams that put the Bears ahead to stay in a 69-42 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday night.
"I just like to get my bigs going. When we get a couple of dunks, we all just get out there and defend like crazy," Jackson said. "Once you get the momentum, it's hard to stop it."
Jackson had a steal then a bounce pass to Deuce Bello for a dunk, and turned another Bethune-Cookman turnover right after that into a pass to Anthony Jones for another slam. That was part of an early 10-0 run that put the Bears (8-0) in front for good.
The Bears have won their first eight games for the first time under coach Scott Drew, who is in his 10th season. They played for the first time in 10 days after final exams.
"I was pleased the effort after a layoff," Drew said. "You always get a little concerned will you come out and be sharp. I thought the defensive intensity was there from the beginning."
All 10 Bears who played scored, half of them with at least eight points.
Acy was the only other Baylor player in double figures with 10 points. The 6-foot-7 senior forward became the 25th player in school history with 1,000 points, the seventh since Drew became coach, with a free throw in the closing minutes.
Holloman's 3-pointer 5 minutes into the game put the Wildcats up 10-9. Bello tied the game with a free throw a minute later to start the 10-0 run, and the consecutive Jackson-assisted dunks came right after that.
That spurt came right after Jackson and four others took over for the starting five.
"Pierre, when he comes into the game, everybody just expects him to be very good from the standpoint he's showed us he can take care of the ball, he can hit the open guy, he can defend, he can knock down the 3," Drew said. "When he comes in the game, he really gives us a great spurt and kind of go from that first couple of minutes of the game to now all of a sudden the game speeds up a little bit just because of how fast he is and how much he pushes the ball."
Griffin was greeted at halftime with the Superman theme and chants of "One more year! One more year!"
Fans screamed "RG3! RG3!" when highlights of the quarterback were shown, including Saturday night's presentation of him becoming Baylor's first Heisman winner. Griffin had a huge smile when he came out carrying the trophy before raising it over his head.
"The Heisman Trophy. How'd it go?," Bethune-Cookman coach Gravelle Craig said. "I was just curious."
Much better than it went for the undersized Wildcats, who made only six field goals in the first half.
"We knew coming in that we were going to be undersized. I played here last year and I saw they were 6-11, 6-10, 6-9 across the board," Holloman said. "We've just got to come in and try to bang them. It's always a good experience to come in and play a high-powered team."
Soon after the halftime ceremony, Acy had one of the most dominating stretches of the game.
Acy had a two-handed slam when he reacted with a loud scream to put the Bears up 39-18. Right after that, he had a block when he swatted away a shot at the other end.
Jackson hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to make it 50-20 with 12 minutes left for Baylor's biggest lead.
Baylor's final points came appropriately on a dunk, by Cory Jefferson with 13 seconds left. Only a couple of minutes before that, Bello had consecutive slams in a 30-second span.
The Bears, who have won 25 consecutive non-conference home games the past five seasons, had a 42-16 scoring advantage in the paint. They shot 56 percent (28 of 50) from the field, including 14 of 22 (64 percent) after halftime.
Baylor had last played Dec. 4 at Northwestern, a 69-41 victory. The next game is the Bears' second road game of the season, Saturday at BYU.
Updated December 14, 2011