Dec. 3, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tweety Carter has the green light from his teammates to shoot, and it has been good for everyone.
Carter tied a season-high with 27 points and made 7 of 9 three-pointers to lead Baylor past Arizona State 64-61 in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series Thursday night. The Bears overcame a nine-point deficit in the final 8:19.
"They tell me 'Any time I'm open, shoot it,'" Carter said.
"Tweety really put us on his back on that stretch. Credit the guys on the floor with finding him and getting him the ball, and some great screens," Baylor coach Scott Drew said.
Carter, a 5-foot-11 senior, scored 27 points and made all six of his 3-pointers in Baylor's previous game, a 69-64 victory over Xavier in the Old Spice Classic on Nov. 29.
"He was always a great shooter and scorer, and it is his turn to step up and accept some responsibility. Before, he was more a guy who distributed for others. Now he has to do both. He's very capable of that," Drew said.
Carter made four 3-pointers in a five-possession stretch during a 14-0 run that gave Baylor (7-1) a 52-47 lead. Arizona State (6-2) tied the game at 58 but never led again.
"The 'X' factor, obviously, was Carter. He was the difference in the game from beyond the arc," Arizona State coach Herb Sendek said.
Carter made two free throws with 14.3 seconds remaining and LaceDarius Dunn made an uncontested layup with five seconds left to enable Baylor to continue the Big 12's unbeaten run in the Big12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
The Pac-10 has lost the first four games of the 12-game series, which began with Nebraska's last-second victory over Southern California on Sunday. No. 2 Texas beat USC and Texas Tech upset No. 12 Washington in overtime earlier Thursday.
"It's big. It shows how deep and competitive the Big 12 is," Carter said.
Rihards Kuksiks, who led Arizona State (6-2) with 16 points, scored 11 straight Sun Devil points, tying the game at 58 on a 3-pointer with 1:24 remaining. Kuksiks made one of his first 12 field goal attempts before hitting his last four.
Quincy Acy broke the tie on a slam dunk with 49.7 seconds remaining, and Carter made two free throws with 14.3 seconds to go after an Arizona State miss.
Kyle Abbott cut Baylor's lead to one, 62-61, on a 3-pointer with 7.7 seconds left before Dunn beat a pressure defense for an easy layup. Derek Glasser's 23-foot 3-point attempt in the final second hit the rim and bounced off.
Carter became the 24th player in Baylor history to reach 1,000 points when he hit an 18-foot jump shot 64 seconds into the game. The Bears shot 59.5 percent from the field, a season-high against Arizona State, and made 8 of 16 3-point attempts.
The Bears made 11 of 24 3-pointers in beating Arizona State, 87-78, in the 76 Classic last season.
Ekpe Udoh had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Baylor.
Jerren Shipp had a season-high 12 points for Arizona State.
Dunn, who entered the game with a 20.9 scoring average, did not score until 5:45 remained in the first half and finished with seven points on 3 of 10 shooting. Dunn missed all four of his 3-point attempts, ending his streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer at 19, fourth in Baylor history.
Shipp, a senior, had his highest-scoring game since getting 17 points against Montana State on Dec. 18, 2007, a span of 66 games. Shipp started the first two games this season before being replaced by freshman Trent Lockett.
Baylor will return home to host the Jackson State Tigers Tue., Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Ferrell Center.