KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 8, 2012) -- Perry Jones III scored a career-high 31 points, hitting 11 of 14 shots, and powered No. 12 Baylor 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.
Brady Heslip had 15 points and Pierre Jackson added 13 points and eight assists for Baylor, which shot a sizzling 57 percent while debuting bright, fluorescent yellow uniforms.