Curtis Jerrells scores 23 points and Baylor beats Wichita State 64-55
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP)—Curtis Jerrells scored 23 points to lead Baylor to a 64-55 victory over Wichita State on Friday night in the first round of the Paradise Jam.
Jerrells, who went 5-of-8 from 3-point range, gave the Bears a 30-28 lead with a shot from well behind the arc in the first half and Baylor (2-0) did not trail the rest of the way.
Jerrells added eight rebounds and four assists. Aaron Bruce scored 10 for the Bears and Kevin Rogers added seven.
Wichita State (1-1) held the lead through most of the opening 20 minutes but gave up nine unanswered points to close the first half, beginning with the long 3-pointer by Jerrells. They trailed 36-28 at halftime.
The Shockers trailed by as much as 13 before mounting a comeback attempt led by Phillip Thomasson, who scored eight of his 12 points in the second half.
On a fast break with 7:20 remaining, Wichita State cut its deficit to 51-45 on a clean-up dunk by Thomasson, who had scored on a layup seconds earlier.
But Jerrells responded with a 3-pointer, and the Shockers did not come close the rest of the way.
Matt Braeuer also scored 12 for the Wichita State and Gal Mekel added 11.
The Shockers 34 percent from the floor, compared with 41 percent for Baylor.