Nov. 27, 2009
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - LaceDarius Dunn scored seven of his team-high 17 points in overtime as the Baylor Bears defeated the Iona Gaels, 72-62, on Friday night at the Milk House. Baylor (5-1) advanced to play the Xavier Musketeers (4-1) Sunday in the fifth-place game of the Old Spice Classic. Sunday's game will tip at 12:30 p.m. EST on ESPNU.
"We had the size advantage (tonight), but that doesn't always mean you can take advantage of it," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "(Thursday) night Iona had more points in the paint, more second-chance points than Florida State. Tonight, 17 second-chance points for Baylor, two for Iona - we did a very good job crashing the boards. That was something that's become a staple for this team, and when we don't shoot it well, we have to be able to continue to do that."
Ekpe Udoh and Anthony Jones both posted double-doubles for the Bears. Udoh finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and four assists to record his fourth double-double in six games. Jones established career highs in both points (15) and rebounds (11) to notch his first career double-double. Josh Lomers added 11 points and ran his streak to 12 consecutive field goals made before missing a shot late in the second half.
Quincy Acy chipped in 10 points and six rebounds in 19 minutes.
"(Anthony Jones') had performances like today in practice," Drew said. "He hasn't really had a game like this where it all went together, but this was something that we expected."
Dunn opened the extra session by hitting a 3-pointer and making two of three free throws to put the Bears ahead 63-58 with 3:58 left. Dunn's triple extended his consecutive games streak with a 3-pointer made to 18 games, which is the sixth-longest streak in school history. After Iona (3-2) got within three points, Dunn had a basket off of a rebound to extended the Baylor lead to 67-62 with 1:31 remaining in the game.
Udoh had a basket and Jones scored on a slam-dunk tip-in to give Baylor a 58-57 lead with 1:34 to go in regulation. Iona tied it at 58 when Scott Machado made one of two free throws 16 seconds later.
Iona trailed by nine at the half, 32-23, but went up 52-51 when Jonathan Huffman hit a 3-pointer with 5 minutes to play.
Mike McFadden scored 13 points for the Gaels and Huffman added 12.