Jan. 10, 2009
WACO, Texas (AP) -LaceDarius Dunn scored 20 points, including 11 in a row in the second-half spurt that put No. 23 Baylor ahead for good in a 73-61 victory over Texas Tech in the Big 12 opener for both teams Saturday.
Dunn's game-deciding spurt began with just over 12 minutes left when he hit a 3-pointer. After a Texas Tech free throw tied the game at 45, Dunn hit another 3-pointer with 11:11 left and the Bears (13-2) led for good.
It was another big bounce-back game for Dunn against the Red Raiders (10-6), coming eight days after he had only one field goal and a season-low nine points in the Bears' one-point home loss to South Carolina. Last season, Dunn followed a five-point game by scoring a career-best 38 against Texas Tech.
Dunn, who made five 3-pointers, led five players scoring in double figures for Baylor. Kevin Rogers had 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Curtis Jerrells had 13 points, Tweety Carter 11 and Henry Dugat 10.
Alan Voskuil led Texas Tech with 14 points.
"I thought Texas Tech did a really good job, especially at the beginning of the game jumping out to an early lead," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "They were ready to play from the tip and I felt that our upperclassmen did a good job rallying us and making sure that we got back into the game plan."
After hitting his go-ahead 3-pointer and another turnover by Texas Tech, Dunn was on the ground after attempting another long jumper. No foul was called, but officials said the ball was deflected out of bounds by the Red Raiders. Dunn quickly got it back, moved between two defenders and hit a short jumper, then added another 3-pointer on the next possession.
"We came out sluggish and Texas Tech just got ahead," Dunn said. "We knew that we had to pick it up on the defensive end. At halftime, the coaches preached it to us and we knew that we had to come out and get stops after stops and just take the lead. We just took it from there."
Baylor, opening conference play as a Top 25 team for the first time in team history, was down 7-0 less than 2 minutes into the game.
Coach Scott Drew called a quick timeout before the combination of Jerrells and Dugat produced two quick baskets with the first of Tech's 23 turnovers coming in between.
Dugat penetrated for a basket after getting a pass from Jerrells, who then had a layup on a pass from Dugat.
But Baylor didn't go ahead until Kevin Rogers' inside basket made it 17-15 with 10:50 left in the first half. That was part of a 12-0 run in which Dunn had two 3-pointers and put Baylor ahead until the second half.
Carter briefly lost the handle of the ball, but recovered and got it to Dunn at the top of the key to tie the game at 15. That duo worked again a couple of minutes later for another 3-pointer that made it 20-15.
Nick Okorie's 3-pointer punctuated a 11-6 spurt by Tech to start the second half that put the Red Raiders ahead 40-39 with 14:45 left. But Dunn took over after Voskuil's jumper that made it 44-42.
Okorie had 13 points for Texas Tech, which has lost three of its past four games. D'Wayln Roberts and Robert Lewandowski had 10 points each.