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

by Acy.

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

night.

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

postseason.

“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

championship game.”

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

gone?

“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.”