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No. 4 Baylor remains undefeated, wins Big 12 opener over Texas A&M

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POSTED January 2, 2012 10:45 p.m.

WACO, Texas — Perry Jones III had 14 points with 12 rebounds and fourth-ranked Baylor remained undefeated with a 61-52 victory over Texas A&M in the Big 12 opener for both teams Monday night.
The Bears (14-0) have started the season with the first 14-game winning streak in school history.
Baylor led throughout after scoring the game’s first eight points, and led by as many as 19 points in the second half.
Elston Turner had 21 points for Texas A&M (9-4), which has lost three of its last four games. Khris Middleton had 14 points.
Part of the Bears’ opening 8-0 run was Pierre Jackson’s half-court alley-oop pass to Jones for a slam dunk. Baylor pushed its lead to 28-11 with a 18-4 run that Jones started with a turnaround 15-footer and ended with a long jumper.
Turner’s 3-pointer got the Aggies within 10 with 5 minutes left before they had consecutive turnovers.

NO. 21 VIRGINIA 57,
LSU 52

BATON ROUGE, La. — Sammy Zeglinski scored 17 points, including a big 3-pointer late in the game, to help Virginia beat LSU.
Joe Harris added 14 points, also hitting a 3-pointer late, for the Cavaliers (13-1), who have won 11 straight games.
With their lead down to one, Zeglinski made his fourth 3 of the game to put the Cavaliers on top 51-47 with 3:25 remaining. A 3-pointer by Anthony Hickey again reduced Virginia’s lead to a single point before Harris made his 3-pointer with 1:30 left.
The Tigers cut their deficit in half at 54-52 on a field goal by Justin Hamilton with 51 seconds remaining. LSU got the ball back when Ralston Turner blocked a shot by Harris and Hamilton grabbed the ball. However, Hamilton immediately lost the ball.
The Tigers would have one more opportunity to tie the score after Zeglinski made just one of two foul shots with 19 seconds remaining, but Turner missed a 3 and Mike Scott hit two free throws with 5 seconds left to seal the win.
Hamilton had a career high 21 points for the Tigers (10-4), who had their winning streak end at seven games.

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