In the 205th and final Battle of the Brazos in men's basketball (for the foreseeable future, anyway), Baylor survived an Aggie second half onslaught and a ridiculous shooting drought for their 20th win on the season. Baylor is now a school-best 20-2 and still very much in the thick of the race for the Big XII regular season championship. Baylor's record against A&M as Big XII opponents ends at 17-16.
Let's not mince words; Baylor won this game because Pierre Jackson is a bad, bad man. He scored Baylor's last 8 points, played 35 of a possible 40 minutes, and though he didn't actually shoot that well (4-11 from the field including 2-6 from 3), his last two 3s came when Baylor needed them most to first lengthen the lead as time wound down and then put Baylor back in front at 61-60 after A&M's David Loubeau backed down Acy with :29 left on the clock. Though he disappeared somewhat in the second half once again-- he scored the first points of the half with 19:45 to go and then didn't score again until almost 14 minutes later-- Perry Jones III also had a decent game. Certainly not what we've come to expect from him after back-to-back 20 point, 10 rebound performances, but decent. He had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Let's get to the awards:
MVP of the Game: Pierre Jackson, that's obvious. It couldn't be anyone else.
Unsung Hero: Quincy Miller, who nailed 3 3s and grabbed 11 boards to lead the team. I hope he can build on that kind of rebounding performance.
LVP of the Game: Brady Heslip, who went 1-6 from beyond the arc in 30 minutes for 3 total points and finished with a clean sheet in all other stats. I ... I don't know how that's possible.
Turning Point: When Scott Drew finally and mercifully went into a man-to-man defense after A&M went up 5 at 49-44. Baylor stayed in man defense the rest of the game and actually looked fairly decent at it. That might be due to A&M not having prepared for it, but that's the point of a change-of-pace, right?
WHAAAAAAA? Moment of the Game: Elston Turner's TERRIBLE shot for A&M with the Aggies trailing by 1 and 7 seconds left on the clock. That was an awful shot.
I put the stats of the game below the jump so it doesn't stretch the page along with a few other thoughts. Enjoy!
|Quincy Acy, F||33||4-6||0-0||3-4||1||4||3||1||1||2||2||11|
|Anthony Jones, F||15||1-3||0-1||0-0||1||6||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Cory Jefferson, F||8||1-3||0-1||1-2||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||3|
|A.J. Walton, G||17||1-6||0-1||1-2||0||3||2||2||0||1||1||3|
|Brady Heslip, G||30||1-6||1-6||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|Perry Jones III, F-C||37||7-13||0-1||1-1||2||5||2||0||0||0||0||15|
|Gary Franklin, G||7||1-2||1-2||0-0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||3|
|Pierre Jackson, G||35||4-11||2-6||4-5||1||4||5||3||0||3||3||14|
|Quincy Miller, F||18||3-8||3-3||0-0||4||11||1||1||1||0||4||9|
- Baylor actually outrebounded A&M in this game, something I did not expect to see.
- 9 players played for Baylor tonight and 8 saw more than 15 minutes of action. That strict 6-man rotation we've been seeing loosened up a bit tonight.
- Baylor went 2-18 in field goals to start the second half. That might have been the worst stretch of basketball I've ever seen.
- I LOVED seeing the man defense tonight and how it disrupted A&M's offense and led to fast breaks/transition buckets. Loved it. I hope we can see more of that going forward.
- Ray Turner was a beast for A&M tonight.