A.J. Walton led the Bears with five steals.
Nov. 16, 2009
WACO, Texas (AP) - LaceDarius Dunn scored 13 points and Baylor rolled to its third victory in four days to open the season, 61-45 over Southern University on Monday night.
Baylor (3-0) started 3-0 for the third consecutive season under head coach Scott Drew. Baylor improved to 34-0 all-time against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The Monroe, La., native has made a 3-pointer in 15 consecutive games dating back to last season. In the first half, Dunn moved into 16th place on Baylor's career scoring list with 1,109 points.
"At the beginning of the week, we wanted to be 3-0, didn't want anyone to be injured and wanted a chance to find some areas to work on," Drew said. "Offensively we were very stagnant at times and we'll have to get better."
The Bears took control by scoring 13 consecutive points over a five-minute span in the first half, capped when Dunn made two free throws with 9 minutes 51 seconds left to make it 25-10. That came less than a minute after Dunn hit a 3-pointer, with A.J. Walton converting a steal into a breakaway layup between Dunn's scoring plays.
Nick Walls had nine points to lead Southern, which played its season opener. The Jaguars trailed 12-10 when Norm Nixon hit a 3-pointer, but then had four turnovers and only two shots before finally scoring again.
Walton finished with nine points and five steals. Udoh chipped in 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks, posting his third straight game with 10-plus points.
Baylor returns to the hardwood Sunday, Nov. 22, against Hardin-Simmons at 4:30 p.m. CST in the Ferrell Center.