|Baylor (3-0) vs. Hardin-Simmons (0-0)
Nov. 22, 2009 | 4:30 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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GAME CENTER: GAME 4
Date: Sun., Nov. 22, 2009
Tip-Off: 4:30 p.m. CST
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)/Sirius (Ch. 161)
Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (color)
Series: Baylor leads 15-12
Record vs. Division III: 63-29
Drew Era after win: 46-37
Drew Era in November: 22-5
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GAME NIGHT STORY LINES
Baylor concludes its season-opening four-game homestand Sunday when the Bears host NCAA Division III member Hardin-Simmons at 4:30 p.m. CST in the Ferrell Center.
Baylor leads the series 15-12 and has won the last eight meetings. Baylor has not lost to Hardin-Simmons since the 1936-37 season (Baylor lost both meetings in Waco).
Baylor is 63-29 all-time vs. current NCAA Division III member schools, including 59-27 vs. NCAA Division III schools from Texas.
Scott Drew is 5-1 vs. non-NCAA Division I schools.
Baylor (3-0) is aiming for its third consecutive 4-0 start under head coach Scott Drew.
Ekpe Udoh scored a career-high 21 points and hit the game-winning shot before time ran out to lift Baylor to a 71-69 win over Hartford.
LaceDarius Dunn scored a game-high 32 points -- including a personal best 25 first-half points -- in Baylor's 86-58 season-opening win over Norfolk State (Nov. 13).
Dunn was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week Monday after averaging 30.5 points in two Baylor victories last week.
Dunn has made a 3-pointer in 15 consecutive games dating back to last season. Dunn has scored in double figures in each of his last 16 games dating back to last season.
Dunn ranks 16th on Baylor's career scoring list with 1,109 points.
Dunn has 17 20-point games and three 30-point games in 73 career contests.
Baylor has improved its season win total in each of the last three seasons and five times in Drew's first six seasons at the helm in Waco.
Seventh-year Baylor head coach Scott Drew has 84 wins to his credit at the helm of the Bears men's basketball program. Drew currently ranks sixth all-time at Baylor and trails former head coach Gene Iba (98) by 14 for fifth place.
Baylor has nine underclassmen, which ranks third in the Big 12 (11, Nebraska; 10, Kansas; 9, BU and Oklahoma) and 20th among NCAA Division I schools. The Bears possess only four upperclassmen, fewest in the Big 12 and ninth nationally.
Baylor is 22-5 in the month of November under Drew.
Baylor has won 13 of its last 14 non-conference November home games.
Baylor returns to the hardwood Thanksgiving night vs. Alabama in the first round of the 2009 Old Spice Classic.
Sunday marks the 28th series meeting and the first since Nov. 17, 2001.
Baylor leads the series 15-12 and has won the last eight meetings.
Baylor has not lost to Hardin-Simmons since the 1936-37 season (Baylor lost both meetings in Waco).
NOVEMBER SUCCESS UNDER DREW
Baylor is 22-5 in the month of November under Scott Drew.
Baylor has won 13 of its last 14 non-conference November home games.
Baylor is 71-31 all-time in the month of November (regular season only).
Hardin-Simmons, which posted a 9-16 record under first-year head coach Craig Carse, returns five letterwinners and welcomes nine newcomers in 2009-10.
Baylor is Hardin-Simmons' only Division I opponent this season.
Senior guard Carlos Singer is the Cowboys' leading returning scorer with 12.1 points in 20 games a season ago. Junior guard Casey Riddle, who averaged 6.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 25 games, averaged 10.0 points and 4.8 assists over the last 12 games a year ago.
Of Hardin-Simmons' five returning letterwinners, Riddle started the most games last season -- eight. Singer and Courtney Lockridge each started five.
LAST TIME OUT VS. HARDIN-SIMMONS [NOV. 17, 2001]
Kenny Taylor scored a game-high 21 points, while Lawrence Roberts added 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead Baylor past Hardin-Simmons, 107-48.
Kevin Henry's three layups fueled a 10-0 run in the game's first three minutes as Baylor took an 11-2 lead. The Cowboys cut the lead to 15-8 at 15:31 on Bryan Conover's jumper, but Baylor went on another 10-0 run for a 27-10 lead and Hardin-Simmons never threatened again.
Chad Elsey had 16 and three other players each had 10 for Baylor. Roberts also had four blocks and six steals. Taylor was 5-of-7 from the 3-point line.
Down by 22 at halftime, Hardin-Simmons scored only 18 points in the second half, hitting just 19.4 percent of its shots.
The 59-point margin of victory represented the second largest in Baylor history. The record of 66 points, a 121-55 win over Austin College, occurred on November 24, 1978.
UP NEXT [OLD SPICE CLASSIC]
For the second consecutive season, Baylor will participate in an ESPN-sponsored tournament during the Thanksgiving break. This season, the Bears will participate in the Old Spice Classic on the campus of Disney's Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Baylor opens the Old Spice Classic against Alabama Thanksgiving night at 5:30 p.m. CST on ESPN2. Jon Sciambi (pxp) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) will serve as the talent for the ESPN broadcast.
BU is 1-5 all-time vs. Alabama and has lost five straight series meetings. Baylor's lone series win came in the first meeting, Dec. 31, 1947.
Baylor will play either Florida State or Iona Friday, Nov. 27. Baylor is 0-2 all-time vs. Florida State and has never played Iona.
A YEAR AGO SUNDAY: ACY SETS BAYLOR, BIG 12 RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE FG MADE
Quincy Acy was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor in an 85-43 win over Southern (Nov. 22, 2008), setting a Baylor and Big 12 record with 18 consecutive made field goals. Acy bested Texas A&M's DeAndre Jordan's previous mark of 17 in a row.
Acy made his first 20 field goals to start the 2008-09 season.
DUNN, UDOH AMONG NATION'S LEADERS AFTER OPENING WEEK
Juniors LaceDarius Dunn and Ekpe Udoh rank among the nation's leaders after opening weekend (as of Thursday, Nov. 19). Dunn ranks eighth among Division I players in free throw percentage (93.3) and 13th in scoring (24.7).
Udoh currently ranks second in blocked shots per game (3.3).
BAYLOR SEEKS THIRD CONSECUTIVE 4-0 START
Baylor is seeking its third consecutive 4-0 start under seventh-year head coach Scott Drew.
Baylor has started 4-0 six times in the last 10 seasons -- two under Drew and four under former head coach Dave Bliss.
Bliss' four 4-0 starts are the most by a Baylor coach in the modern era. A 4-0 start would tie Drew with Gene Iba (three) and Bill Henderson (three) for the second-most in school history.
LACE SHOWS HOW IT'S `DUNN'
Junior LaceDarius Dunn currently ranks as the school's career leader in free throw percentage.
Dunn, who has made 83.5 percent of his free throws (218-of-261), is three percentage points better than the previous school record holder, John Lucas III (83.2 percent).
Dunn also ranks third on the school's career three-point percentage list (39.9 percent).