Baylor Bears Champions in Paradise

Before the Baylor Bears boarded the plane to head to the Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Kevin Rogers made the statement that it was going to be a business trip. Scott Drew's Bears definitely took care of business winning three straight games to win the Paradise Jam Tournament title.

Champions. That's the title the Baylor Bears men's basketball team will hold after winning three straight games in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands at the Paradise Jam Tournament held on the campus of the University of the Virgin Islands.

The Bears defeated the Winthrop Eagles 62-54 in Monday night's Championship game continuing the momentum after beating Wichita State and Notre Dame in their two earlier matchups.

Junior guard Curtis Jerrells was named the tournament Most Valuable Player, as he led the Bears from come from behind victories in both the semi-final game and the championship match-up. Cementing his role as a clutch player, the Baylor Bears leaned on big shot after big shot from Jerrells and he did not let his team down. Although Jerrells struggled early in the championship game against Winthrop, he hit 3 of 5 from beyond the arc at critical times boosting his team to the title.

Jerrells finished with 13 points on a night which perhaps provided the coming out party for Baylor freshman Lacedarius Dunn. Dunn led all scorers with 17 points, and at one point carried his team on his back scoring 5 unanswered points in the 2nd half that gave the Bears the lead in the game that they never relinquished. Dunn, who hit a game-winning 3-point bucket against Notre Dame in the semi-final game, showed his ability to drive in the lane and score as well as his ability to spot up from long range and hit the open jumper.

With the victory, the Baylor Bears move to 4-0 on the season, and head home to face Centenary College on Saturday November 24th at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

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