LaceDarius Dunn (24) dunks over Oklahoma State's Obi Muonelo during the Bears 83-70 win Saturday at the Ferrell Center. (Baylor Photography/Matthew Minard)
Jan. 16, 2010
WACO, Texas - LaceDarius Dunn was called for two fouls in a four-second span. Instead of letting his frustration get the best of him in a tight game, Dunn went on a scoring spurt that put No. 22 Baylor ahead to stay.
Dunn scored nine of his 25 points in a four-minute span after his fouls, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 11 minutes left in the 83-70 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday.
"It gave me a little spurt and made me want to go on that run myself," said Dunn, who scored at least 20 points for the third consecutive game.
"I think one of the players told him if he gets another foul, Coach is going to pull you the rest of the game. That probably worked," coach Scott Drew said with a smile.
"As he's gotten older and more mature, two quick fouls, he's smart enough to know we need him in the game."
The go-ahead 3-pointer by Dunn ignited a 13-2 run--after Oklahoma State had tied the game on a four-point play--and pushed the Bears (14-2, 2-1 Big 12) to their 10th consecutive home victory.
Oklahoma State (13-4, 1-2) had tied the game at 53 on Big 12 scoring leader James Anderson's four-point play after he was fouled by Josh Lomers. Anderson then had a steal, but Oklahoma State missed two shots before Ekpe Udoh grabbed a rebound.
Anthony Jones had 16 points for Baylor, which rebounded from a loss at Colorado on Tuesday night that ended its nine-game winning streak. Udoh had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Obi Muonelo led the Cowboys with 21 points, though only five came after halftime. Anderson, who entered averaging 21.7 points a game, scored 20.
Udoh and Muonelo grew up together and were close friends who played on a state championship team together at Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla. This was the first time they played against each other in college since Udoh sat out last season after transferring from Michigan.
"He understands the game better, he understands what he's good at, understands what he need to do to make his team better," Muonelo said.
Muonelo gave the Cowboys a 40-39 halftime lead, capping an 11-4 run with a 3-pointer at the buzzer. He had 16 points and four 3-pointers by then, but didn't hit another 3 until 1:09 left in the game--and that cut the deficit to 14.
Just seconds before the go-ahead shot to end the first half, Udoh was knocked hard to the court on an inside shot that missed though no foul was called. There was a timeout for trainers to check on Udoh, who returned to start the second half despite a bruised hip and played 37 minutes.
Muonelo then took his shot from the right wing, holding his shooting pose until after the ball was through the hoop and the clock ran out.
"I told him, 'Man, you faded away in the second half,'" Udoh said, laughing.
Dunn's scoring spurt after his consecutive fouls included two short baseline baskets off inbounds passes.
After Dunn's go-ahead basket, Matt Pilgram had an open lane for a one-handed slam when Udoh suddenly moved out of the way. That made it 56-55, the closest the Cowboys would get.
Jones then hit two free throws after being fouled on a breakaway drive and made a 3-pointer. Quincy Acy, who had 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting, got behind the defenders for a slam and Tweety Carter made a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 66-55 with 6:15 remaining.
Dunn had two 3-pointers and Udoh scored inside twice in a 10-0 run that took less than two minutes and made it 35-29 before the Cowboys' closing run to the first half.
Oklahoma State went up 29-25 on a 3-pointer by Muonelo that came only about a minute after Marshall Moses, who finished with 12 points, grabbed an offensive rebound and was falling to the court when he threw the ball toward the basket--and it banked off the glass and went in.
"Baylor got great production out of pretty much every player that played," Cowboys coach Travis Ford said. "We've got to get more consistent throughout the game out of our all of our players. ... We're just not getting consistent effort to help our team be where it needs to be. Baylor did that."