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No. 6 Baylor still unbeaten, 54-52 over No. 15 MSU

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 | 10:56 p.m. CST

DALLAS — Pierre Jackson drove for a layup with 28 seconds left and No. 6 Baylor remained undefeated with a 54-52 victory over No. 15 Mississippi State on Wednesday night.

The Bears (13-0) are off to their best start in school history.

Jackson had a game-high 14 points, the last when he drove around Dee Bost and made up for a series of mistakes only a couple of minutes earlier when Baylor still trailed.

Mississippi State (12-2), which had its 11-game winning streak snapped, had one more chance after that. But Rodney Hood lost control of the ball going up for a shot when Quincy Acy knocked it away. Jackson then swatted the ball to the other end of the court as time ran out.

The Bulldogs didn't score again after Acy was called for goaltending on a shot by Arnett Moultrie, making it 52-50 with 3:20 left.

With just under 3 minutes left, Jackson missed the front end of a 1-and-1. He then had a steal but missed the breakaway layup.

Then Jackson missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key, but Acy got knocked to the ground and Renardo Sidney was called for his fifth foul with 1:35 left and then a technical for his reaction to the call.

Quincy Miller made one of the free throws for the technical before Acy made a free throw to tie the game at 52.

Bost missed a shot for Mississippi State, then almost forced a turnover on the other end without being able to keep the ball in bounds.

Then came Jackson's game-winning play.

Miller had 12 points for Baylor and Brady Heslip had 11, all before halftime.

Jalen Steele and Sidney each had 10 points, while SEC rebounding leader Moultrie had eight points with 10 rebounds. Sidney was 5 of 6 from the field, but played only 19 minutes because of his foul problems.

The Bulldogs lost for the first time since a 68-58 setback to Akron in the second game of the season. Their winning streak included consecutive wins over Top 25 teams Texas A&M and Arizona.

Baylor played its first ranked opponent of the season, and coach Scott Drew emphatically pumped his right arm when the game ended.

Mississippi State had its biggest lead of the game when Bost had a steal that lead to a breakaway two-handed slam by Sidney for a 46-42 lead with 8:40 left.

The Bears got even at 48 on A.J. Walton's inbounds alley-oop to Perry Jones III for a dunk with just under 7 minutes left. Jones was only 4 of 13 from the field for eight points.

About a minute later, Bost made a floater in the lane for a 50-48 lead, but that was the last ball the Bulldogs actually put through the hoop since Moultrie's basket was on a goaltending call.

Heslip had three 3-pointers in the first half.

The Bears led 24-19 when Heslip hit a 3-pointer with 6 minutes left in the first half, and had another 3½ minutes later that made it 34-28.

But Mississippi State scored the last five points of the half, cutting the deficit to 34-33 on a 3-pointer by Brian Bryant and a driving layup by Moultrie.


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