Dec. 20, 2009
WACO, Texas (AP) - Ekpe Udoh scored 22 points to lead four Baylor players in double figures and finished one block shy of a triple-double as Baylor defeated UT Arlington, 94-63, Sunday in the Ferrell Center.
Udoh had career highs in points, rebounds (16) and blocks (nine) before fouling out with 2:04 remaining. LaceDarius Dunn added 17 points, Tweety Carter 12 and 10 assists and Quincy Acy 10 points for the Bears (9-1). Baylor has now won 18 straight games in December.
"We knew (Ekpe) was a great defender (at Michigan), but, like everybody else, I think we have been pleasantly surprised with how good he is offensively," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "I knew after he practiced with us (last season) that he was very good. We knew he was going to be very good once he played this year."
Udoh became the first Baylor player to record a 20-point, 15-rebound game since Lawrence Roberts vs. Texas Tech in 2003. Carter notched a career high in assists en route to his first career double-double.
Marquez Haynes, the nation's second-leading scorer at 25.7 per game, led Arlington (4-4) with 16 points but also committed eight turnovers. Brandon Long added 12 points for the Mavericks, all on 3-pointers.
Baylor seized control with a 14-0 first-half run, highlighted by back-to-back Dunn 3-pointers and a spectacular fast-break dunk by Acy on a pass off the backboard by Carter. The Bears led 51-31 lead at the break.
The Bears, off to their third consecutive 9-1 start, will get a much-deserved holiday break before Baylor travels to North Little Rock, Ark., to face the Arkansas Razorbacks Dec. 30 on ESPN2.