Nov. 22, 2010
WACO, Texas (AP) - LaceDarius Dunn scored 24 points with seven 3-pointers in his season debut and 12th-ranked Baylor defeated Lipscomb 72-60 on Monday night.
Dunn, the team's leader scorer last season when Baylor made it an NCAA regional final and had a school-record 28 wins, was suspended for the first three games for violation of team rules.
"Like I just told some of my teammates, the suit felt good, but the jersey feels a whole lot better," Dunn said. "It's awesome to be back. I thank the fans for supporting me."
Consecutive 3-pointers by Dunn put the Bears (4-0) up 9-0 less than 4 minutes into the game. After Dunn missed his first shot 2 minutes into the game, A.J. Walton made a 3-pointer and then Dunn connected from the left corner on consecutive possessions.
After halftime, Dunn made four 3s in the first 3 minutes to send the crowd into a frenzy and stretch the lead to 47-30.
Jordan Burgason had 15 points to lead Lipscomb (2-2), whose other loss this season was to 25th-ranked North Carolina.
Quincy Acy had 18 points and 14 rebounds for Baylor.
Dunn was 8-of-13 shooting, including 7-of-11 3s, while playing 31 minutes. He added five rebounds with four assists and had six turnovers.
Dunn, a senior who could become the career scoring leader for Baylor and the Big 12, was in the starting lineup and the last player introduced Monday night. He came onto the court with wide-eyed excited look on his face while hearing plenty of cheers from Baylor fans.
In the opening minute of the second half, Dunn hit a 3-pointer. He then had a steal then a turnover of his own before making three long-range shots in the row. After the fourth one of the half, when Lipscomb called timeout, Dunn repeatedly stamped his chest with his right hand with a huge smile on his face.
Dunn extended his school record for career 3-pointers to 306 and increased his points total to 1,763, which is 427 shy over breaking Terry Teagle's school record that has stood since 1982. Dunn is 494 points from overtaking Texas Tech's Andre Emmett as the Big 12's top scorer.
Baylor led 17-7 with 13:21 left in the first half when Fred Ellis penetrated for a short jumper.
The Bears then slumped, missing seven shots with five turnovers (two by Dunn) over a stretch of more than 5 minutes before scoring again.
Lipscomb was within 17-14 when Justin Glenn made a short floater. After a bad pass by Bears freshman guard Stargell Love, Michael Teller missed a tying 3-pointer and the Bisons never got closer. Anthony Jones grabbed the rebound and Dunn found his way to the left corner and made another 3 for a 20-14 lead.
Acy had a pair of strong inside baskets - a dunk and an ally-oop lay-in with a defender in his face - before Walton drove the baseline and made a left-handed hook shot to make it 33-23 just before halftime.