No. 21 Baylor 92, Texas 77
Quincy Acy put on quite a high-flying performance for No. 21
Baylor with 10 dunks, rim-rattling points that repeatedly sent the
record crowd into a frenzy.
For Texas, Acy’s show became a rerun that was difficult to watch
in the Bears’ 92-77 victory Saturday.
“I don’t think I’ve ever watched a game in which we gave up
that many dunks,” Longhorns coach Rick Barnes said. “Too many
guys standing around watching. … I’m not sure we have anybody he
didn’t drive by.”
Acy added two emphatic blocks with his career-high 24 points and
LaceDarius Dunn scored 30 for the Bears, who wrapped up their
winningest regular season in 64 years. The win assured Baylor
(24-6, 11-5) a first-round bye in the Big 12 tournament.
During a 3-minute span of the second half when the Bears
extended their lead to double figures, Baylor had five baskets –
four of them dunks by Acy.
“He’s a great finisher,” coach Scott Drew said, flashing a
smile while shaking his head.
“My teammates did a good job finding me,” Acy said. “I knew I
was capable (of 10 dunks). … I just did what I do best.”
Tweety Carter, one of two seniors playing his last home game for
Baylor, had 16 points and 10 assists. His reverse layup with just
under 6 minutes left in the first half broke a tie, igniting a 12-4
half-ending run that put the Bears ahead to stay. Next came a dunk
Gary Johnson had 25 points for the Longhorns (23-8, 9-7), who
have lost eight of their 14 games after a 17-0 start made them the
No. 1 team in the country on Jan. 11.
Seven weeks later, the Longhorns are unranked and headed into
the 12-team league tournament as the No. 6 seed after being swept
in the regular season by Baylor for the first time since 1998.
Texas coach Rick Barnes had been 11-0 in games at Waco, and 24-2
overall against the Bears.
If the Longhorns win their Big 12 tournament opener Wednesday
night against Iowa State, they play Baylor again Thursday
Baylor, which played its home finale before a Ferrell
Center-record crowd of 10,562, has its most wins in the regular
season since the 1945-46 team that won 25 games. The Bears were
24-15 last season, but seven of those wins came in the postseason
when they were runners-up in the Big 12 tournament and the NIT.
A year ago, Baylor lost 10 of its last 12 regular-season games
before making it to the Big 12 title game and then the NIT
championship. The Bears have won seven of eight going into this
“We still have to work hard, but it’s a good momentum boost,”
Carter said. “Last year, with no momentum, we made it to the
After Ekpe Udoh rebounded Acy’s miss, Udoh looked at Carter
outside and then flipped a pass inside to a wide-open Acy for a
slam. Texas then missed a shot and Carter responded with an
ally-oop pass to Acy for another slam that made it 55-44.
A.J. Walton drove for a layup, then Acy dunked for the next two
Baylor baskets – sandwiching four straight points for Texas – and
the Bears led 61-50 before Carter added a 3-pointer.
Damion James and Jordan Hamilton each had 18 points for Texas,
which shot 51 percent (28 of 55) from the field.
The Longhorns had won four of six games, but is that momentum
“I don’t know. I really don’t know,” Barnes said, then
repeated himself again.
The Bears shot 55 percent (36 of 66), with 54 points coming in
the paint. They also outscored Texas 11-0 on fast-break points.
Soon after Acy’s four-dunk spurt in the second half, he swatted
a shot by James into the courtside band.
After Carter’s tiebreaking basket in the first half and a Texas
miss, Acy extended the lead when he took a step along the baseline
and delivered a tomahawk slam with his right hand. When Avery
Bradley penetrated the lane for Texas a couple of minutes after
that, Acy swatted the ball over the Baylor bench.
The Bears went up 40-34 when Dunn had a steal and got the ball
to Acy for another slam, then Dunn closed out the first-half
scoring with a jumper.
“They’ve got a good balance, inside and out. And they played
hard. It’s one of the best Baylor teams I’ve played against,” said
James, who matched a Big 12 record by starting his 137th game.
“(Defense) was pretty bad, man. We didn’t rotate. We didn’t
challenge shots like we usually do.”