Dec. 30, 2009
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - LaceDarius Dunn did his part, leading Baylor with 19 points including four 3-pointers.
But down around the basket is where the Bears really pulled off a 70-47 victory over Arkansas Wednesday night.
"They have great length, a tremendous shot blocker on the back side and experienced guards," said Arkansas coach John Pelfrey.
The Bears (10-1) blocked 12 shots, limited Arkansas to 31 percent shooting, outrebounded the Razorbacks 42-36 and outscored them in the paint 34-16. Ekpe Udoh, a 6-foot-10 junior, had eight blocks and 15 rebounds to lead the effort. He also had eight points.
"Coming out of the first half we told our team they were going to have to match Arkansas' intensity," said Baylor coach Scott Drew. "We also wanted to do a better job of limiting them on the boards to one and done."
Arkansas (7-6) was led by freshman Marshawn Powell with 14 points. Rotnei Clarke added 13 points, all in the first half, and Jemal Farmer added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Clarke was limited to three shots in the second half.
Baylor had the upper hand most of the first half. The Bears led by as many as eight on three occasions. The Hogs' only lead was 22-21, and it lasted just 24 seconds.
After leading 34-31 at halftime, Baylor scored the first nine of the second half in less than two minutes to take control of the game. Arkansas never got closer than seven from that point.
After Baylor led 45-36 with 12:56 left, the Hogs never got the deficit to single digits again. The final margin was the largest lead. It was the Razorbacks' second loss in three years in their annual trip to the Little Rock area.