Feb. 9, 2011
WACO, Texas (AP) - Even with a subpar shooting night, LaceDarius Dunn found a way to score a lot of points for Baylor. And the senior guard came through when needed the most.
Dunn scored 20 of his 24 points after halftime, including a nifty baseline layup and two free throws in the final minute, and the Bears defeated Nebraska 74-70 on Wednesday night.
"I was just trying to get a spark going," Dunn said. "The second half, I knew I had to take it to another level on both ends of the court. And I just tried to be more physical and make plays. ... I think I did a good job of getting to the free-throw line."
One of the Big 12's top shooters, Dunn was only 5-of-13 shooting from the field and made only 2 of 7 3-pointers. But he made 12 of 13 free throws.
Dunn scored the first seven points after halftime for Baylor (16-7, 6-4 Big 12), with four free throws before a 3-pointer that broke a 36-all tie and put the Bears ahead to stay. Right after that, Baylor's A.J. Walton had a steal and a breakaway layup.
Nebraska (15-8, 3-6) was still down only by a basket when Dunn was stripped of the ball by Toney McCray, but McCray gave the ball right back when he lost it out of bounds for a turnover of his own. The Bears converted when Dunn found a gap in the defense, drove the baseline and made an over-the-shoulder layup for a 71-67 lead.
"The real one was that baseline move," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "That's what you expect from your senior. You expect them to step up and lead by example. And I thought down the stretch, he made big plays, really communicated well."
Dunn hit two more free throws with 16 seconds left after Anthony Jones blocked a long 3-point attempt by McCray.
"It's hard to guard LaceDarius when he goes to the free-throw line 13 times," Nebraska coach Doc Sadler said.
McCray led the Cornhuskers with 23 points and Lance Jeter had 13.
Dunn now has 2,153 career points, only 36 short of matching Terry Teagle's school record. Dunn is also within 103 points of the Big 12 scoring record.
Baylor took a 32-30 halftime lead despite shooting only 33 percent (6 of 18) in the first half, with just two field goals in a 14-minute span after Walton's 3-pointer on the opening possession.
The Bears finished shooting 50 percent overall (20-40) and made 31 free throws -- 12 more than Nebraska attempted in the game.
"I couldn't be any happier with the effort that my team gave. But when you look at the free-throw situation," Sadler said. "When one team goes to the free-throw line 44 times, and you've got a chance to win it, I think that says probably how good we did play."
The Cornhuskers made 16 of their 19 free throws.
Asked about the discrepancy in the number of free throw attempts, Sadler responded, "I guess we fouled too much."
"You look at our season stats, and we're putting people at the free-throw line less than 16 times a game," he said. "But tonight, we fouled way too much, I guess."