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No. 7 Baylor routs Northwestern

Dec 5, 2011 - 2:24 AM Evanston, IL (Sports Network) - Quincy Acy had 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor to go with six rebounds and six blocks, leading the seventh-ranked Baylor Bears to a 69-41 whipping of Northwestern on Sunday afternoon.

Pierre Jackson netted 16 points and had three assists off the Bears' (7-0) bench, while Perry Jones III added 12 points and six rebounds and Brady Heslip contributed 11 points and seven boards. Cory Jefferson chipped in eight points.

Drew Crawford paced the Wildcats (7-1) with 15 points, five rebounds and three assists, while John Shurna added 11 points despite going 0-for-7 from beyond the arc. Luka Mirkovic added six points.

Baylor jumped out to a quick 10-2 edge less than five minutes into the game. Shurna finally stopped the run with a layup to make it 10-4.

A three-pointer by Alex Marcotullio with 11 1/2 minutes left in the first half pulled Northwestern to within four, 14-10, but the Bears used a 21-8 run over the next nine-plus minutes of action to go up 35-18. A pair of free throws by Crawford finally ended the run and made it 35-20 with 1:50 to play in the half.

The Bears took a comfortable 38-21 lead into the locker room at the break.

"They missed some shots early that were some good looks and our defense got better as the game went on," said Bears coach Scott Drew.

Baylor drained the first two buckets of the second half to go up 42-21, and a jumper by Jefferson with just over three minutes gone in the half put the Bears up by 20, 44-24.

Baylor continued to make shots, as a jumper by Jackson with 6:31 to play put the Bears up 30 (59-29) and a dunk by Jones on the Bears' next possession gave them their largest lead of the day at 32. They cruised the rest of the way for the convincing win.

The Bears outscored Northwestern, 31-20 in the second half and shot 54 percent from the field over that span. The Wildcats shot only 6-for-30 from the floor and 2-for-13 from downtown in the latter 20 minutes of play.

Baylor outrebounded Northwestern, 37-34, and dominated inside, scoring 46 points in the paint for the game to only 12 for the Wildcats.

"We played about as badly as you can play, offensively and defensively," Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said. "We weren't able to stop them and couldn't put the ball in the basket."

Game Notes

Sunday marked the first-ever meeting between the teams...Baylor has won six straight non-conference true road games and is 7-4 in such games in the Scott Drew era...Baylor has won 15 of its last 21 non-conference games away from home since the 2007-08 season... It was Baylor's first regular-season meeting against a Big Ten Conference school since December. 30, 2004, a 73-72 win at Purdue...Baylor was the highest ranked non-conference team Northwestern has played at home since hosting a seventh-ranked Duke squad in 1989...Baylor scored 23 points off 12 Northwestern turnovers.