Jackson leads No. 16 Baylor to win over Eagles

Jackson leads No. 16 Baylor to win over Eagles
November 15, 2012, 5:41 pm
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Pierre Jackson had a season-high 31 points, Isaiah Austin added 16 and No. 16 Baylor rallied in the second half to beat Boston College 84-74 on Thursday in the Charleston Classic.

The Bears (3-0) will face Colorado, the team they beat in last season's NCAA run to the final eight, on Friday for a spot in Sunday night's championship final. Jackson led the way for Baylor with six of his team's 12 3-pointers.

Still, the Bears trailed 52-47 with about 15 minutes to go when Jackson and Austin fueled a 10-0 run to gain control. Austin had two inside baskets, and Jackson made two 3-pointers to put Baylor ahead for good.

Boston College (1-1) got 25 points from sophomore Ryan Anderson. The Eagles will play Dayton on Friday.

Brady Heslip and A.J. Walton had 10 points each for the Bears, who opened 3-0 for the sixth straight season. Jackson was on target from the start, hitting six of 10 3s and finishing with a game-high seven assists. The 7-foot-1 Austin had nine rebounds and his third 3-pointer this season.

Olivier Hanlan had 16 points, and Andrew Van Nest 13 for the Eagles.

The teams had never played each other before meeting at TD Arena.

Baylor, a NCAA final eight team a year ago who won a school-record 30 games a season ago, is the marquee team at the Charleston Classic. And the Bears, behind senior guard Jackson, came out that way against Boston College.

Jackson, the Big 12 Conference's preseason pick for player of the year, scored 15 of his team's first 27 points as Baylor opened a 10-point lead midway through the first half.

Boston College, though, had its own man on fire in Anderson, who was part of the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-freshman team last season. Anderson had 29 points and 17 rebounds in BC's opening win over Florida International. The 17 rebounds are the most by an Eagle since Craig Smith pulled down that many against Holy Cross in 2006.

Anderson had a dunk and Danny Rubin followed with a 3-pointer as the Eagles used a 14-3 run to move in front. Anderson hit two more buckets and Van Nest a 3-pointer and Boston College pushed the lead to 38-32.

That's when Baylor answered back. Brady Heslip scored nine straight points and Deuce Bello had a steal and breakaway layup right before halftime to put the Bears up 41-40.

But Anderson answered again, this time with 3-pointer from halfcourt that sent Boston College into the locker room ahead 43-41.

Anderson and the Eagles kept Baylor on edge at the start of the second half, too. Hanlan had a three-point play, Dennis Clifford a basket and Anderson two foul shots to move in front 52-47 before the Bears' forward push.

Baylor coach Scott Drew moved Austin onto Anderson and that altered the Eagles' 6-8 forward. Anderson went just 1 of 4 from the field the final 20 minutes after making 8 of 12 shots in the first half.