Feb. 15, 2011
WACO, Texas (AP) - LaceDarius Dunn had a record-breaking night for Baylor, despite the senior guard's sub-par shooting game. And one to share with his mother.
The usually sharpshooting Dunn made only 6 of 17 shots -- with only 3 of 13 3-pointers -- but his 17 points in a 64-50 victory over Wayland Baptist on Tuesday night made him the Bears' career scoring leader.
"It was very important. Mom was here, she doesn't get here too often. Her working schedule is real busy, but she made it," Dunn said. "It was just an awesome accomplishment for me, for my family, for the Baylor tradition, for everybody. And I'm just proud to get it."
In a game that meant little else, Dunn surpassed Terry Teagle's 2,189 points at Baylor from 1979-82 and moved within 61 points of breaking Andre Emmett's Big 12 record of 2,256. With five regular-season games left, plus conference and postseason tournaments, Dunn already has 2,196 points.
"There was one positive from tonight, and that was Lace Dunn setting the school record," coach Scott Drew said. "The rest of it was nothing good. Credit Wayland Baptist for causing some of that, but very disappointed obviously with our performance."
It was the final non-conference game of the regular season for Baylor (17-8), and won't factor in the Bears' RPI rating. The Bears are 5-5 in their last 10 games,
The game was considered an exhibition for Wayland, an NAIA team from Texas, so the loss won't count against its record. The Pioneers won their first five games of the season, but had lost 17 of 20 entering Tuesday.
Dunn matched Teagle's record with a 3-pointer with 9 minutes left. He broke it with 6:31 left, when he took a pass from A.J. Walton and drove for a layup.
"I didn't know how many he had, but I could tell we were getting close because every time he scored the crowd got a little louder," Wayland coach Robert Davenport said.
"We weren't trying to deny him the ball so much as just be there with our hands up on the catch, and make him do something that he didn't necessarily want to do. That was our game plan."
After Dunn's record-breaking layup, Baylor called a timeout to allow time for an ovation from the crowd. The ball was taken out of play.
"Lace, you know he's intelligent. He said, `If I wait till the very end, everybody's got to stay till the end.' You can all thank Lace for that," Drew said.
Dunn, who entered as the Big 12 scoring leader this season with 21 points a game, is also Baylor's career leader for 3-pointers. He made only 3 of 13 from long range Tuesday night, but extended his school record to 39 consecutive games with a 3-pointer.
Last season, Dunn was a second-team All-Big 12 pick last season when he averaged 19.6 points and 4.8 rebounds while the Bears set a school record with 28 victories and got within one win of making their first NCAA Final Four appearance in 60 years. He set single-season school records for points (704) and 3-pointers (116).
Wayland led 6-5 after Terra's 3-pointer 3½ minutes into the game. Dunn then missed a 3-pointer, but J'mison Morgan grabbed the rebound for a put-back basket and the Bears led for good. It was 38-24 at halftime after Walton's fast-break layup capped a half-ending 17-5 spurt that finally spread the gap.
"Sluggish play, bad communication, bad body language out there on the court. ... Just not ourselves," Dunn said. "I wasn't myself out there. I was just feeling different for some reason. I don't know if it was (because it was) a nonconference game and us knowing that we're not coming to face Kansas or K-State or no team that's about to bring it to us."