Jan. 23, 2010
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| Postgame Interview
WACO, Texas(AP) -- Baylor took full advantage of a break from a
brutal stretch of Big 12 games against Top 10 opponents, making
a little history while easing coach Scott Drew's concerns.
Ekpe Udoh and Tweety Carter both scored 23 points to lead No. 25
Baylor to a 71-45 victory over Massachusetts, giving the Bears
(15-3) their school-record 11th consecutive home victory. It was
also their 13th non-conference win, their most since winning 14
during the 1945-46 season.
"Any coach would be concerned with a game in between three
ranked opponents," Drew said.
But three days after a tough 81-75 loss at No. 3 Kansas, the
Bears dominated in their final non-conference game and extended
the winning streak at the Ferrell Center that stretches back to
last season's NIT.
Next up are games Tuesday night at home against No. 10 Kansas
State and Saturday at No. 1 Texas, though the Longhorns are
going to fall out of the top spot after losing to the Wildcats
and Connecticut this week. K-State followed up being the first
team to beat Texas by losing at home Saturday against Oklahoma
Still, both are going to be much tougher than a youthful UMass
(7-12) team from the Atlantic 10, whose only advantage Saturday
was keeping it close early and becoming the first time this
season to outrebound Baylor.
"It will give us something to focus on going into Kansas State,"
said Drew, whose team came in the national leader in rebound
"We all know that's what they do, they crash the boards," Udoh
said. "That's something we've got to get right. Come out slow
against that (Kansas State coach) Frank Martin team, you could
be looking at a 15-point deficit early. You've got to come out
LaceDarius Dunn added 15 points for the Bears, though he fell
short of becoming the first Baylor player in 12 seasons to have
five consecutive 20-point games. Udoh also had seven blocks and
was 13-of-14 on free throws, missing only his final one with 2
1/2 minutes left.
Dunn had a steal and passed to Udoh for a breakaway layup just
before halftime, when Baylor led 36-20.
Ricky Harris had 15 points while Terrell Vinson had 14 points
and 12 rebounds to lead UMass, which has lost five in a row
overall and six straight on the road.
"Their length and their size bothered us," UMass coach Derek
Kellogg said. "At times our inexperience came into play. ... We
didn't make a lot of the plays you have to make to stay in the
game. It's not like we got (Baylor) early when they're not
While finishing with a 42-33 rebounding margin, the Minutemen
were able to convert 22 offensive rebounds into only six
second-chance points. Hashim Bailey had 11 rebounds, eight of
them on the offensive end, and was scoreless on 0-of-6 shooting
and 0-of-3 free throws.
Baylor went ahead to stay when Quincy Acy had a breakaway slam 5
minutes into the game to break a 9-9 tie. That also started a
12-0 run, which included a 5-minute scoring drought between
Carter making two free throws and hitting a 3-pointer. Dunn's
3-pointer made it 21-9 with 7:45 left in the first half.
The Minutemen, now 30-70 against Top 25 teams, scored the first
six points after halftime. They were within 34-26 after Sampson
Carter hit a 3-pointer and Harris made a basket and then hit the
"We just didn't want to give up," Harris said. "We just kept
playing hard. "
But Tweety Carter squelched the UMass spurt when he drove for a
short baseline jumper. By time he hit a 3-pointer a few minutes
later, the Bears had scored 11 points in a row and stretched
their lead back to 19.
"Good teams don't need a coach to tell them what to do (after
the UMass spurt). That's on them, and they responded well," Drew
said. "Take that punch, are you going to take another one or
come back? We went on that run and after that we were on our