Nov. 13, 2009
WACO, Texas (AP) - LaceDarius Dunn scored 25 of his game-high 32 points in the first half and Ekpe Udoh added a career-high 18 as Baylor coasted past visiting Norfolk State, 86-58, in both teams' season opener Friday night.
Michael Deloach led Norfolk State with 20 points and eight rebounds as Baylor held the Spartans to 33 percent shooting from the field and out-rebounded them, 43-35.
Udoh, a junior transfer from Michigan, added a career-best 11 boards, while freshman A.J. Walton had eight points and five assists after replacing suspended point guard Tweety Carter in the starting lineup. Udoh posted his second career double-double and added three blocked shots.
"I am very pleased with how we handled the ball with 18 assists and 12 turnovers, with so many new guys wearing Baylor jerseys for the first time," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "Holding (Norfolk State) to 33 percent shooting is very good. We out-rebounded (them), but I would like to be a little bit more efficient with them."
Baylor took control in the opening minutes as Dunn sparked a 17-0 run that gave the Bears a 23-5 lead with 13 minutes left in the half. The junior swingman hit his first five shots, including two 3-pointers, and all eight of his free throws as Baylor took a 48-27 halftime lead.
Friday's performance was Dunn's third 30-point outing of his career. He moved into 18th place on Baylor's career scoring list with 1,067 points. He is now 28 points shy of 17th all-time in school history.
"Lace has a lot of nights like this in practice," Drew said. "Lace is a great shooter and a great scorer. (He) was very efficient. (With) one assist to only one turnover handling the ball tonight, he did a very good job."