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Feb. 16, 2010

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22/22 BAYLOR (20-5, 7-4) 88, Texas Tech (16-9, 4-7) 70
FEB. 16, 2010

Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew
On the second half...
"I was very pleased with the second half. I thought the guys came out for that 12 minute spurt and played as well as we did all season. Things were really clicking on all cylinders."

On LaceDarius Dunn...
"Lace is somebody that can score in bunches. The great thing is that Lace took it strong to the hole and was able to get it to the free throw line, allowing him an opportunity to get in a shooting flow from there. If he is taking the ball strong to the hole, he can finish and he is pretty good at the free throw line."

On winning 20 games in three straight seasons...
"We are very excited about that accomplishment from the standpoint that (20 wins) is kind of the benchmark for a college program. When you get three straight it shows a consistent program. This group has definitely worked hard for that and deserves it."

On Texas Tech limiting Ekpe Udoh on the offensive end...
"Credit Texas Tech for playing good defense and making it tough on him. In the second half I think our defense gave him easier opportunities to score. Once you get things rolling you get that confidence. Ekpe is one of those players that when he gets going he is tough to stop."

Baylor Senior Guard Tweety Carter
On the mentality of the second half...

"We wanted to come out and take care of the ball. The start of the first half was not us. To come out with a turnover by me set up a bad vibe for our offense throughout the first half. In the second half we wanted to come out and take care of the ball and pound it inside and go inside-out."

On the play of Ekpe Udoh...
"He didn't get the triple-double tonight but he did a lot of good things for us tonight. Though he didn't shoot the ball well early, late in the game he showed his offensive ability. Anytime that you can have that it is big for our team."

Baylor Junior Guard LaceDarius Dunn
On finding his flow on the offensive end...

"I was just taking my time out there and taking what they gave me. In the second half I knew I had to turn it up and help my team out... so I came out and just played ball. It all started in the first half taking it to the free throw line."

Junior Forward Ekpe Udoh
On the game...

"I wanted it bad, but before everybody found out that I had nine blocks we were playing very aggressive on defense. When they found out, we allowed (Texas Tech) to start making bucket after bucket. To be the best of the best you can't allow that to happen.... We don't need to be in any of those situations."

Texas Tech Head Coach Pat Knight
On Ekpe Udoh's impact...

"That is a difference maker. We did some bad things on offense from the standpoint that you cannot drive in there with a kid like that in there and just put up like you are in layup line. I mean you have got to go inside out or find the guy that he came off of, dump it to him because that is a whole difference maker right there when you have a kid like that in the middle that can change shots like that and block shots. That is a great weapon to have and we just did a poor job driving in there thinking that we could get the shot off. We do not have anybody like that in practice; unless I gave someone a broom and had the guy play with that. We really do not have anybody to simulate what he brings to the table. I thought we did a really bad job from an offense standpoint going in there and trying to go up over him, and you just cannot do that.

On Baylor's six point run in the second half...
"It was just brutal. We became casual. I thought we stopped our game plan. We were right there in the first half. I just thought we became casual and quit playing defense, got careless. You cannot play casual basketball in the Big 12 and expect to win. I thought we pretty much just kind of gave up. They jumped on us and just buried us, and then after that the game is over. Now you are going to try and play catch up with them on their home court, and that is just not going to happen."

On LaceDarius Dunn's improvement...
"We really concentrated on him from the first half, staying on him. The kid is a smart player and he is well coached by Scott. And I guarantee if you ask him he has probably worked on taking one or two dribbles and pulling up instead of just relying on his jump shot. Now he can do that, and the problem is you start flying at him, even though you tell kids to recover short. Kids do not do that... They fly out there and now he has got a shot fake or he can drive by guys. It just makes him that much more dangerous. But now if you start relaxing and you start losing guys, he can kind of go high and get away from you and get in that corner and get his three off. He has just improved his game. Now I do not know him, but I am sure if you ask him I am sure they had him in the gym all summer and the spring working on pulling up one or two drills."



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