LaceDarius Dunn tallied a team-high 27 points and nine rebounds in Baylor 81-75 loss to Kansas. (Photo/Jeff Moffett)
Jan. 20, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Sherron Collins had 28 points and hit his fifth 3-pointer with just over a minute left, helping No. 3 Kansas outlast No. 25 Baylor 81-75 Wednesday night.
Kansas (17-1, 3-0) used its depth to get Baylor's big front line in foul trouble and hit just enough shots down the stretch to eke out its 53rd straight win at Allen Fieldhouse. Collins got the Jayhawks started with two nifty assists and closed it out with a 3-pointer from the wing, combining with Marcus Morris to score 12 of Kansas' final 14 points.
Baylor (14-3, 2-2) gave Kansas its toughest test of the season at home, riding LaceDarius Dunn's 27 points to become the first team in 92 games to shoot more than 50 percent (52) against the Jayhawks. The Bears just couldn't come up with the stops down the stretch, extending their Big 12 road losing streak to eight games.
"It's really frustrating. The good thing is we know an area where we can improve," said Baylor head coach Scott Drew. "In our two conference losses, we've had turnovers and that's something we need to work on. Offensively, we executed well shooting 52 percent and holding them to 43 percent and we out-rebounded them, so one area stands out."
Tweety Carter added 17 points for Baylor, which had 20 turnovers.
Xavier Henry had 12 points and seven of Kansas' 15 steals.
Despite the fact that Kansas has not lost a home game since 2007, the Bears never seemed to get rattled by the crowd at Allen Fieldhouse, answering just about every Kansas run with one of their own.
The teams were separated by no more than five points until Kansas went on a 14-2 run to go up 60-50. Baylor still wouldn't back down, using a 10-0 run-- capped by Anthony Jones' dunk over Cole Aldrich--to tie it at 65-all with just over 3 minutes left.
Kansas went up four, but Dunn had an answer for that, too, weaving his way past three Jayhawks to drop in a short jumper.
Finally, Collins put an end to Baylor's upset bid, hitting a 3-pointer from the wing with just over a minute left, and Kansas closed it out with several key offensive rebounds late to win for the 15th time in 17 games against Baylor.
"I wish we could go back and do the last three minutes again, because we didn't get those offensive boards late in the game," Drew said. "I credit KU for doing what they needed to do."
Dunn almost pulled the Bears through.
Kansas coach Bill Self started Brady Morningstar over Tyshawn Taylor so he could chase Baylor's leading scorer. It was strength on strength, the Jayhawks' best perimeter defender against one of the most fearless shooters in the nation.
Dunn didn't care how close Morningstar was, uncorking his quick jumper chest-to-chest, on the run, even with Morningstar jabbing him in the face. He made three 3-pointers in the first 11 minutes, but Morningstar won his share of battles, stripping Dunn of the ball before he could go up three times in the same span.
Dunn hit all four of his 3-pointers in the first half for 12 points, playing the final 3:04 against Taylor.
"I just came out and played to have fun. Morningstar did a great job playing defense, I credit him on that," Dunn said. "Tyshawn Taylor coming off of the bench did another great job. I think that both of those guys did a great job containing me even though I was making shots."
Morningstar started the second half on Dunn, gave way to Taylor, then returned late to hold Dunn to one 3-pointer in the final 20 minutes.