Jan. 12, 2008
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WACO, Texas (AP) - Henry Dugat and Kevin Rogers scored 15 points each and Baylor used a 22-2 second-half run to beat Iowa State 74-67 in the Big 12 opener for both teams Saturday night.
The Bears (13-2, 1-0 Big 12) trailed 44-37 when they scored 12 straight points for a 49-44 lead with 12:33 remaining. Aaron Bruce had seven of his 14 points during the run.
"It was a great defensive effort by our team in the second half, especially when we made that big run that was 22-2," said head coach Scott Drew. "Defensively that really set the tone, and I credit the upperclassmen for picking it up defensively in the second half."
After Jiri Hubalek made two free throws for the Cyclones (10-6, 0-1), Rogers scored four of Baylor's next 10 points for a 59-46 lead with 10:03 remaining.
"Any time you have close games, you're not going to win them all, and you're not going to lose them all hopefully," said Drew. "You win more the older you get and the more experience you get, and we've had a number of close ones this year, and we're over .500 on them, so that's a good thing. At the same time, you don't want them to have to be close. We've got to do a better job stopping them when someone gets hot against us."
Craig Brackins scored a career-high 33 for Iowa State, and Wesley Johnson added 11.
The game was back-and-forth throughout.
The Cyclones broke a 27-27 tie with an 11-3 run that gave them a 38-29 lead with 55 seconds left in the first half. Brackins had two 3-pointers and a three-point play during the run.
Curtis Jerrells, who had 12 points, hit a layup with 3.5 seconds left in the half to pull Baylor within seven at 38-31.