CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Curtis Jerrells scored 23 points to lead Baylor to a 64-55 victory over Wichita State on Friday night in the first round of the Paradise Jam.
Jerrells, who went 5-of-8 from 3-point range, gave the Bears a 30-28 lead with a shot from well behind the arc in the first half and Baylor (2-0) did not trail the rest of the way.
Wichita State (1-1) held the lead through most of the opening 20 minutes but gave up nine unanswered points to close the first half, beginning with the long 3-pointer by Jerrells. They trailed 36-28 at halftime.
The Shockers trailed by as much as 13 before mounting a comeback attempt led by Phillip Thomasson, who scored eight of his 12 points in the second half.
On a fast break with 7:20 remaining, Wichita State cut its deficit to 51-45 on a clean-up dunk by Thomasson, who had scored on a layup seconds earlier.
But Jerrells responded with a 3-pointer, and the Shockers did not come close the rest of the way.
The Shockers 34 percent from the floor, compared with 41 percent for Baylor.