HONOLULU (AP) - Quincy Acy and Anthony Jones each scored 14 points, LaceDarius Dunn added 13 and No. 15 Baylor overwhelmed San Diego 83-50 in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic on Wednesday.
The Bears (8-1) had five players finish in double figures and they blew the game open at the start as they bounced back from their first loss of the season. Freshman Perry Jones III added 11 points and six rebounds while reserve Nolan Dennis had 10 points.
The struggles continued for the young Toreros (2-9) who missed their first 10 3-point attempts and committed 18 turnovers. Ken Rancifer had 10 points to lead San Diego, which was held to 33 percent shooting.
Baylor, which shot 55 percent, advanced to face Washington State in Thursday's semifinals. Washington State defeated Mississippi State 83-57 on Wednesday.
With two dozen NBA scouts in attendance, the Bears were too quick, too tall and too athletic for the Toreros. Behind the Jones and Jones towers, the Bears dominated the paint with a 42-26 advantage on the glass.
Anthony Jones was 5 of 7 from the field and scored 10 points in the first half. Perry Jones, meanwhile, has reached double figures in all but one game this season.
The Bears bounced back from their first lost of the season Saturday to Gonzaga in Dallas. The loss dropped Baylor six spots in the AP Top 25 after reaching No. 9, the highest ranking in school history.
In its eight wins, Baylor has won by an average margin of 27 points.
After a miserable first half where San Diego shot 29 percent and had trouble handling the ball with 10 turnovers, the Toreros finally got some shots to drop in the second half as they tried to chip away at the lead.
After Chris Manresa's two free throws cut Baylor's lead to 24 points with 11 minutes left, Baylor responded with a 12-0 run that included 3-pointers by A.J Walton and Dunn to take a 74-39 lead.
The Bears went on a 14-0 run with all five starters scoring to take control early. Perry Jones' inside basket put the Bears up 18-3. Baylor closed the opening half with a 19-8 run that gave it a 48-19 lead.
Darian Norris had six points and eight rebounds for San Diego.
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