Tweety Carter leads Baylor over Grambling State Wednesday night

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 4, 2006

WACO, Texas (AP) – Baylor freshman guard Tweety Carter hit 6-of-11 from the field, 3-of-7 from 3-point range, to lead Baylor in scoring for the first time in his young career with 19 points and dishing out a career-high five assists in a 95-69 victory over Grambling State in non-conference play Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center.

“Playing with three guards is great,” Carter said. “They find the open man and we just play together. There were a lot of open doors tonight and I just took advantage of it.”

Guard Aaron Bruce added 18 points and five assists, while guard Curtis Jerrells had 17 points, including four threes. Forward Kevin Rogers grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and came one point shy of his first career double-double. Center Mamadou Diene pulled down a season-high nine boards and had two blocks.

Baylor (5-1) surpassed its win total from a year ago, posting a 4-13 record in its abbreviated season and have won six in a row at home.

Andrew Prestley led four Grambling State (1-3) players in double figures with 15 points. Emmanuel Calloway added 12 and Kendric Baker and Anthony Williams chipped in 10 apiece. Williams and Jamal Breaux led the Tigers with five rebounds each.

Baylor hit 12-of-16 3-pointers in the first half, including four from Jerrells and three from Bruce. The Bears jumped out to a 23-7 lead over the first 7:12, then led by as many as 25, 50-25, with 3:08 to go in the opening frame. From there, the Bears cooled off and the Tigers took advantage of a few late Baylor turnovers to trim the lead to 16, 55-39, heading into the break.

The Bears shot 73.1 percent from the field in the first half, but turned the ball over 10 times. The Tigers shot 45.9 percent from the field and outscored the Bears, 13-6, in points off turnovers.

Three-and-a-half minutes into the second half, Grambling State cut the lead to as little as 13 at 58-45, a 22-8 run, but would get no closer the rest of the way. After holding the Tigers at arms length, the Bears jumped back up by 20 with six points in a 46-second span with 13:22 to go and never let the lead slip below 18 for the rest of the night. The Bears took their largest lead of the game at 26 twice in the waning moments, leading 93-67 on Carter’s layup with 1:13 to go and freshman center Josh Lomers’ dunk with 11 seconds to go providing the final margin.

Baylor shot 55.9 percent from the field for the game and 54.2 percent from 3-point range. The Bears outrebounded the Tigers, 37-30, and dished out 19 assists.

“We got on the line, and got good ball movement to get an open look,” Bruce said. “All of our guys can knock down a three. We just got open looks and that’s how we need to play, we need to find the extra man because we’ve got a lot of threats out there.”

The Bears return to action when they host Texas State Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.