Nov. 22, 2009
WACO, Texas (AP) - Baylor sharpshooter LaceDarius Dunn had a game-high 27 points despite sitting out most of the second half as the Bears dominated Hardin-Simmons on Sunday, 106-45.
Ekpe Udoh and Quincy Acy added 13 points each and combined for 18 rebounds before the Bears (4-0) cleared their bench with 12 minutes to play. Zach Rule hit six 3-pointers to lead the Division III Cowboys (0-1) with 18 points.
The 61-point margin was the second largest in Baylor history, five points fewer than in a 121-55 victory over Austin College on Nov. 24, 1978. It also marked the first time since 1952 that the Bears had held back-to-back opponents under 50 points. They beat Southern University 61-45 last Sunday in Waco.
"We really did a good job defensively, setting a tone," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "We were real unselfish and did a good job sharing the ball."
The Bears outrebounded the smaller Cowboys 55-27 and outscored them in the paint 58-4. Hardin-Simmons, which lost three players to season-ending injuries before playing a game and had a fourth suspended, fielded a lineup that averaged only 6-feet-3, smaller than every Baylor player except point guard A.J. Walton.
Dunn, who sat out the last 14:34, made four straight shots, including three 3-pointers to cap a 24-2 run that gave Baylor a 39-12 lead with 5:26 left in the first half. Udoh and Acy took over from there, combining for 11 points in the closing minutes as the Bears took a 56-19 lead at the half.
"We are doing a great job of just staying focused and getting ready to go down there and play," Dunn said, in reference to Baylor's trip to the Old Spice Classic in Orlando this week.
Hardin-Simmons, which returned only five players with a total of 21 starts for last season's 9-16 squad, dropped to 0-23 against NCAA Division I competition since dropping from that level in 1990.