Nov. 26, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Behind Ekpe Udoh's third double-double of the season, Baylor mounted a furious late second-half comeback that fell short in a 79-76 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide Thursday night. Baylor will face the loser between Florida State and Iona in the Old Spice Classic consolation bracket Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST on ESPNU.
Udoh pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with his 17 points, including a three-pointer that beat the buzzer at the end of regulation. LaceDarius Dunn paced the Bears (4-1) with 19 points.
Josh Lomers was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor, establishing season highs in points (12) and rebounds (eight). Tweety Carter dished out a game-high eight assists in his season debut. Quincy Acy and Anthony Jones both added eight points apiece.
Alabama's JaMychal Green led all scorers with 22 points. Mikhail Torrance added 20 for Alabama (3-1), which will play the Florida State-Iona winner in the Old Spice Classic semifinals. Senario Hillman chipped in 15 points for Bama.
Green had 15 first-half points, including a dunk with three seconds left, as Alabama took a 42-36 lead at halftime. The Crimson Tide scored the final six points of the first half.
Green scored on another slam to put Alabama up 60-51 midway through the second half. Torrance's layup made it 69-59 with 4 minutes remaining.
Dunn's basket got Baylor to 74-71 with 42 seconds remaining. Alabama secured the win by hitting five of eight free throws during the final 40 seconds.
Baylor finished the game 12-of-22 from the free throw line.