KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Duncanville native Perry Jones III scored a career-high 31 points, hitting 11 of 14 shots, and powered Baylor (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) past Kansas State 82-74 Thursday in the Big 12 tournament.
The 6-foot-11 Jones, whose season was a bit of a disappointment after being the coaches' preseason pick as conference player of the year, also had 11 rebounds for his eighth double-double for the fourth-seeded Bears (26-6).
The tournament's opening game was a sharp contrast to last year for Jones, who was suspended by the NCAA just hours before the team was to leave for Kansas City and wound up sitting out the first five games of this season as well.