Dec. 19, 2007
COLUMBIA, S.C.--Freshman LaceDarius Dunn scored a career-high 24 points, including six of eight from 3-point range, as Baylor rallied from 20 points down to beat South Carolina 92-84 Wednesday night.
"If there was ever any doubt in anyone's mind that we were playing an excellent basketball team in Baylor, there shouldn't be any doubt any longer," said South Carolina head coach Dave Odom. "They're a terrific basketball and can score at any position. They have the ability to turn a basketball game defensively, they're well coached and off to a great start."
After finishing the first half on a 16-2 run, Baylor outscored the Gamecocks 19-3 to start the second half. They went up 64-53 with just over 14 minutes left on Kevin Rogers' dunk after a South Carolina turnover.
With the score knotted at 53, Henry Dugat scored to give the Bears their first lead since just over two minutes in. After he was fouled but missed at the line, Dugat raced to grab the rebound and scored on a layup for a four-point play--and a four-point lead.
South Carolina (5-5) never got closer as the Bears (8-1) snapped a 25-game road losing streak.
"We haven't had too much success on the road," said Baylor head coach Scott Drew. "The change goes to the players. They are more experienced and have more confidence than before."
After going down 44-24 in the first half, Baylor outscored the Gamecocks 47-12 en route to a 71-56 lead on Dunns 3-pointer. South Carolina did try to rally, pulling within 88-84 with under a minute to go, but the Bears held on. They hit nine of 12 free throws--five of six by Curtis Jerrells, who had 20 points.
The Gamecocks were led by Brandis Raley-Ross and Devan Downey with 18 points apiece, while Baylors Kevin Rogers had 12 points and 12 rebounds.