Only two teams from the Big 12 were in action on Monday night but both happened to be Top 25 teams. Playing against lower level competition both the Baylor Bears and Kansas State Wildcats cruised to easy victories in contests that were decided midway through the first halves.
The #13 ranked Bears doubled up Prairie View A&M, out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, by a score of 90-45. Baylor was led by senior LaceDarius Dunn who in his second game back from suspension led all scorers with 20 points. Dunn hit a three pointer 20 seconds into the game and thus Baylor never trailed for a second in this one. In his two games back Dunn has now scored 24 & 20 points and he has gone 10-19 from three point range, so it would appear he has no rust to work off.
Freshman Perry Jones had an impressive outing with a double double as he scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Quincy Acy and Nolan Dennis also hit double figures in points in the game with 13 & 10 respectively.
In Manhattan, KS last night the #4 ranked Wildcats took on in-state Division II opponent Emporia State, with K-State getting the easy victory 85-61. The Wildcats led 46-27 at the half and the game simply provided Frank Martin a chance to evaluate and work on things before K-State travels to play Washington State on Friday night.
Jacob Pullen led KSU with 26 points and in the first half he set the school record for 3's made in a career, breaking the old mark set by Steve Henson of 240. Freddy Asprilla and Rodney McGruder both added 17 points and were the only other Wildcats in double figures.
A good sign for KSU fans was seeing Jamar Samuels on the court playing as he hopefully is out of the doghouse, after not getting any playing time against Texas Southern in the previous game. Wally Judge & Martavious Irving both did not play for K-State but neither is apparently in trouble, the reasoning neither played is Judge has the flu and Irving had a head injury in a recent practice.