Baylor hammers Hardin-Simmons, 106-45Nov 23, 2009 - 1:21 AM WACO, Texas(AP) -- Baylor sharpshooter LaceDarius Dunn had a game-high 27 points despite sitting out most of the second half as the Bears dominated Hardin-Simmons on Sunday, 106-45.
Ekpe Udoh and Quincy Acy added 13 points each and combined for 18 rebounds before the Bears (4-0) cleared their bench with 12 minutes to play. Zach Rule hit six 3-pointers to lead the Division III Cowboys (0-1) with 18 points.
The 61-point margin was the second largest in Baylor history, five points fewer than in a 121-55 victory over Austin College on Nov. 24, 1978. It also marked the first time since 1952 that the Bears had held back-to-back opponents under 50 points. They beat Southern University 61-45 last Sunday in Waco.
"We really did a good job defensively, setting a tone," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "We were real unselfish and did a good job sharing the ball."
The Bears outrebounded the smaller Cowboys 55-27 and outscored them in the paint 58-4. Hardin-Simmons, which lost three players to season-ending injuries before playing a game and had a fourth suspended, fielded a lineup that averaged only 6-feet-3, smaller than every Baylor player except point guard A.J. Walton.
Dunn, who sat out the last 14:34, made four straight shots, including three 3-pointers to cap a 24-2 run that gave Baylor a 39-12 lead with 5:26 left in the first half. Udoh and Acy took over from there, combining for 11 points in the closing minutes as the Bears took a 56-19 lead at the half.
Hardin-Simmons, which returned only five players with a total of 21 starts for last season's 9-16 squad, dropped to 0-23 against NCAA Division I competition since dropping from that level in 1990.
- NCAA BB
HARDIN SIMMONS 45
BAYLOR 106 FINAL
Nov 22 7:12 PM
- NCAA BB
HALFTIME 1ST 2ND TOTAL
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HARDIN-SIMMONS 19 19
BAYLOR 56 56 HALFTIME
HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
HARDIN-SIMMONS - ZACH RULE 6, CARLOS SINGER 4, AARON
BAYLOR - LACEDARIUS DUNN 16, EKPE UDOH 11,
QUINCY ACY 10
Nov 22 6:12 PM
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