No. 20 Baylor 84, Iowa St. 63
LaceDarius Dunn hit four 3-pointers, scooped in an underhand
shot while being fouled in the lane, drove the baseline for a
reverse layup and started a series of late-game dunks for No. 20
Yet, Dunn’s most impressive play in the Bears’ 84-63 victory
over Iowa State on Wednesday night may have been none of the
With Baylor (17-4, 4-3 Big 12) still trying to gain control
early in the second half, Dunn began a wild sequence after Tweety
Carter missed a 3-pointer and the ball bounced to the other end of
the court. Dunn outran several Cyclones to save it from going out
of bounds, a long offensive rebound that set up a botched alley-oop
that still resulted in a dunk for Baylor.
Dunn finished with 21 points for the Bears, who four days after
upsetting then-No. 6 Texas in overtime on the road backed it up by
“Coming off that win really gave us a lot of confidence back,
and allowed us to come out tonight and play really well,” Carter
After the hustling play when Dunn saved the ball to A.J. Walton,
Ekpe Udoh’s attempted pass rolled off the rim – and he was charged
a missed shot instead of credited with an assist. Quincy Acy still
grabbed it for a slam, and the Bears led by 10 points with 15
Acy, who finished with 10 points, hit a jumper 3 minutes later
and Baylor had a double-digit lead the rest of the way. The final
margin was the largest.
“I felt like we played the first half exactly like we wanted it
played. We were able to control tempo, we limited our turnovers, we
were able to win the battle on the backboards,” Cyclones coach
Greg McDermott said. “Thought if we maintained those things in the
second half, it would be a game decided in the final 5 minutes. But
we turned it over five times in the first 11 or 12 possessions of
the second half … and really got manhandled on the
The Bears, who lost by two points to No. 10 Kansas State in
their last home game a week ago to end a record 11-game winning
streak at the Ferrell Center, dominated in all phases after
halftime. They had a 28-11 rebounding margin after the break and
finished with only four turnovers in each half.
“We did a great job in the second half of boxing out, knowing
the great offensive players they have on the court, just hitting
them and going up and getting the ball,” Dunn said.
Udoh had 19 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for his
11th double-double of the season. Carter had 14 points and six
“When those two guys (Dunn and Udoh) are playing well, it opens
it up for everybody,” Carter said.
Craig Brackins had 19 points and Marquis Gilstrap added 15 for
the Cyclones (13-9, 2-5), who have lost four of five.
Anthony Jones hit a 3-pointer to start a 7-0 run for Baylor and
stretch its lead to 10 after the Cyclones got a free throw in the
opening seconds after halftime. There had been six ties and six
lead changes in the first half, but none after that.
Dunn made a 3-pointer on the first shot of the game, and his
last came with 6:15 remaining with an extremely frustrated
McDermott fuming on the sideline.
After Carter missed a 3, Brackins was ahead of everybody when he
got a long pass and went up for a slam. He missed when Walton
caught up and swatted at the ball. McDermott was livid that a foul
wasn’t called, and play continued with Dunn hitting from long range
to make it 65-49.
McDermott went under the basket to have words with the official
during an ensuing timeout. When there was another timeout only
seconds later, he conversed with another official though he avoided
getting a technical foul.
Baylor then had slam dunks from three different players on
consecutive possessions. Dunn had the first on an alley-oop pass
from Udoh, who got the next slam before Acy threw one down. Walton
was open at the basket the next time down, but settled for a layup
Iowa State has lost 17 consecutive games against ranked teams,
including five this season.
It is only the fourth time in school history the Bears have won
at least 17 games in their first 21. The others were all NCAA
tournament teams – 1946, 1948 and 2008.