WACO, Texas — Quincy Acy grabbed his own rebound, took another shot and watched it fall through the hoop as he fell to the floor after being fouled hard.
Baylor's dominating 6-foot-7 junior forward had earlier dunked over a defender an inch taller than him.
Acy had 25 points and 11 rebounds, providing plenty of highlights in the made-for-ESPN midweek afternoon game, and the 17th-ranked Bears overcame some sloppy moments to beat La Salle 74-64 on Tuesday.
"Quincy Acy is going to be one of my favorite players in college basketball this year. He's everything coaches admire in a player," La Salle coach John Giannini said. "If there were an expansion draft, if every Division I team in the country could draft whoever they wanted, I'd be stunned if he wasn't a high draft choice."
The second half began with Acy swatting 6-10 center Aaric Murray's shot into the courtside band.
La Salle (1-1) maintained possession then and Ruben Guillandeaux hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 32. After Earl Pettis drew a charging foul from A.J. Walton for another Baylor turnover, Pettis passed inside to Jerrell Williams to put the Explorers in the lead — but that didn't last long.
Anthony Jones then scored three consecutive baskets to ignite a 13-2 run, scoring on a layup, a goaltending call and then an easy lay-in on an ally-oop pass from Fred Ellis. The Bears (2-0) had stretched their lead to 45-36 when Acy drove through a small gap between defenders for a rim-rattling one-handed slam.
"He came in young, came in where he struggled to make multiple layups in drills," coach Scott Drew said of Acy. "The first year he was a great athlete, the second year he was a great athlete with a little more skill and now he's in his third year, he's pretty consistent from 15 to 17 feet, he can score one-one-one, he's gotten better and better defensively."
Then came the rest of the statement from the coach that should worry Baylor opponents about Acy, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the opener last week.
"I think he's definitely not reached his full potential," Drew said. "And I think he'll continue to get better and better."
Anthony Jones had 14 points and seven rebounds while freshman sensational Perry Jones had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the game that started at 1 p.m. local time as part of ESPN's Tip-Off marathon.
"They're gigantic, and they're active," Giannini said of Baylor's three big men who led them in scoring.
Murray led La Salle with 17 points, while Williams had 15 and Guillandeaux had 11. Williams and Murray had nine rebounds each.
The Bears played their second of three games without suspended guard LaceDarius Dunn, who was arrested last month for a domestic dispute charge involving his girlfriend. The woman, the mother of Dunn's 3-year-old son, has disputed police accounts, saying Dunn didn't hit her and her jaw wasn't broken. She has asked that all charges be dropped.
Baylor had 22 turnovers that led to 20 points by the Explorers. After 15 turnovers before halftime that led to 12 La Salle points, Baylor led only 32-29.
"Going into halftime, Coach Drew told us we needed to focus on turnovers, we were looking a little sloppy," Acy said. "He told us to work on being perfect everything we do. ... That was the agenda in the second half."
Still, Acy had a couple of sloppy plays in the second half. He was called for an intentional foul against Murray, then after rebounding a missed 3-pointer that gave the Bears the ball back, he was called for basket interference to wipe out a Baylor field goal.
But after Murray scored with about 8 minutes left to get La Salle back within a field goal, Acy had his eye-popping three-point play.
Acy grabbed the rebound and took a shot in traffic that he missed. But he got the ball right back and went up again and was fouled hard by Murray. Acy then made the free throw for a 54-49 lead.Comment on this story
"That was impressive," Perry Jones said. "I'm trying to be like him, trying to get all the rebounds, all the putback dunks I can."
The other highlight-worthy offensive rebound for Acy came in the first half, when he grabbed the ball and dunked over the back of 6-foot-8 Devon White. Then on the next Baylor possession, Acy hit a long jumper from just inside the 3-point line.
Acy had an all-around performance. He finished 11 of 16 shooting with five dunks, made all three of his free throws, had seven offensive rebounds and only one turnover in 35 minutes.
Asked his secret, Acy said "late nights in the gym."