Nov. 8, 2008
WACO, Texas - The Bears used a 15-0 run midway through the first half en route to a 76-44 victory over Tarleton State Saturday night in Baylor's lone exhibition game.
Sophomore LaceDarius Dunn picked up right where he left off last season with a team-high 18 points and seven rebounds.
"The big thing we were concerned with following last year's season was we needed to get better defensively," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "I think people who watched the game tonight saw that we have improved defensively."
Senior Kevin Rogers came up two rebounds short of a double-double, after recording 15 points and 8 boards. Senior Henry Dugat tallied 12 points and senior Curtis Jerrells chipped in six points, seven rebounds and four assists.
The Bears took a 15-12 lead at the 11-minute mark and went on a 15-0 run for the next six minutes to jump to a 30-12 advantage.
Behind 41.4 percent shooting in the first half, Baylor stretched its lead 36¬-18 going into the break.
Baylor shot 44.1 percent (26-of-59) for the game and held Tarleton State to 31.9 percent (15-of-47). The Bears' fast break defense was in mid-season form, holding the Texans to two points, while the Baylor offense tallied 14 points in the open court.
The Bears forced 23 Tarleton State turnovers, which they converted into 24 points. Senior Eric Williams posted a double-double for the Texans with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while junior Jeremiah Wilson added 10.
The Bears will open the 2008-09 regular season at home on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. against Paul Quinn College.