Dec. 18, 2010
DALLAS (AP) - Kelly Olynyk put Gonzaga ahead to stay with a 3-pointer right after No. 9 Baylor scored four points on one possession and the Bulldogs handed the Bears their first loss, 68-64 on Saturday.
Olynyk's made his go-ahead basket with 1:46 left, the last of 12 lead changes after halftime, and Gonzaga (6-5) made 7 of 9 free throws after that. Four of the Bulldogs' losses were to Top 25 teams.
Baylor (7-1), with its highest ranking ever, played away from home for the first time, but only about 100 miles from campus at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Robert Sacre led Gonzaga with 17 points, while Marquise Carter had 13 and Sam Dower had 10.
Freshman Perry Jones had 19 points for Baylor while LaceDarius Dunn had 17. It ended Dunn's streak of seven consecutive 20-pointer games, including five this season since returning from a three-game suspension.
Jones hit a jumper from near the free throw line to get the Bears within a point with 2 minutes left. When the ball was in the air, a foul was called under the basket and Quincy Acy made two free throws for a 59-58 lead.
With Gonzaga's leading scorer Steven Gray out of the game because of back spasms after a hard fall in the first half, Olynyk made his only 3-pointer of the game.
Jones then came up short on a jumper, and Baylor had two quick fouls. Demetri Goodson made two free throws after being fouled by Dunn in the backcourt for a 63-59 lead - matching the biggest point differential after halftime.
After Goodson lost the ball out of bounds on the sideline in a crowd of Bears and then fouled Dunn, Baylor's senior made only one of the two free throws. Carter made two free throws with 47 seconds left to make it 65-60, then Goodson had a steal on a turnover by Dunn.
Baylor's biggest lead was 3-0 after Dunn hit a 3-pointer on the opening shot of the game. But Dunn, who entered the game shooting 53 percent from the field and averaging five 3-pointers a game, finished 4 of 13 attempting only two 3s.
Dunn did have a nifty play with just under 8 minutes left when he drove, scooped the ball toward the rim and fell to the ground while scoring for a 47-46 lead. Carter responded with a 3-pointer for Gonzaga.
Gray sustained a sprained big toe late in the first of Thursday's game, a 103-61 win over Lewis-Clark State College and didn't return to that game. He never returned against Baylor after his fall in the first half.
Gonzaga's losses included setbacks to ranked teams San Diego State, Kansas State, Illinois and Notre Dame.
Baylor had won 21 consecutive December games since 2006.