Waco, TX (Sports Network) - Perry Jones III scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds, as the 17th-ranked Baylor Bears defeated the Jackson State Tigers, 63-49.
A.J. Walton added 14 points and five assists for the Bears (3-0), who are off to a 3-0 start for the fourth consecutive year.
Fred Ellis and Quincy Acy each tallied eight points for Baylor, which has won eight straight home games -- the longest run since the Bears' Ferrell Center- record 11-game streak last season.
"I think it is good that other people can step up," Jones said. "I think that causes a lot of problems for the opposing team, because they just can't stick to one or two guys. It is multiple guys that can actually score the ball and I think that is going to be an advantage for us."
Rod Melvin finished with a game-high 22 points for the Tigers (0-3), who got eight points from Jenirro Bush.
Ahead by four, 12-8, the Bears went on a 9-3 spurt. Jones' jumper gave Baylor a 21-11 edge with just over 7 1/2 minutes left until intermission.
The margin reached 11, 30-19, on a Jones slam and Stargell Love's layup with a bit more than 3 1/2 minutes remaining. The score was 34-26 at the break.
Melvin made back-to-back three-pointers to get Jackson State within 41-32 with 14:43 to play in the game. Baylor, though, responded with six consecutive free throws to take a 47-32 edge with 8:39 to play in the game.
Bush cut the deficit to 54-46 with a three-pointer with just less than 2 1/2 minutes to go before eight unanswered points by the Bears put the game away. Ellis made two foul shots to give Baylor a 62-46 margin with a minute to go.
"We had a couple of good practices this week out here," Tigers head coach Tevester Anderson said. "We just came from Central Florida and didn't play well at all. I thought when we got out here we really worked on defense because our defense was not tough enough and was not physical enough. I thought we played much better defensively tonight and we forced some turnovers."
Baylor leads the all-time series, 4-0...The Bears are a perfect 37-0 vs. the Southwestern Athletic Conference...Baylor recorded its 11th straight home win in the month of November...The Bears shot 52.9 percent from the field, while the Tigers made 40.9 percent of their shots.
11/18 23:27:18 ET