Bears take care of business in Big 12 Opener

On the heels of Lacedarius Dunn's hot second half, the Baylor Bears pulled away from Texas Tech to win comfortably in their Big 12 opener.

This year's Baylor basketball team has no problem getting a lead early in basketball games this year. Their problem at times has been holding it and building it. After letting Texas Tech make the game too close for comfort several times, Baylor eventually used its talent and the hot shooting of LaceDarius Dunn to pull away winning 73-61.

Dunn finished with 20 points on the night, with the exclamation a step back three right over Tech senior Alan Voskuil mid-way through the second half. That three got the crowd energized and gave the Bears enough breathing room to close out the game.

Despite most of the Baylor students making it back from Christmas break, the crowd spent a good portion of the game waiting for Baylor to spark some excitement in the building. Most of that excitement came from something Baylor fans are very used to - 3 pointers and an alley-oop to Kevin Rogers. The Bears had 9 three pointers to only 5 for Tech.

After struggling defensively at times this season, Baylor was determined to improve their efforts today. Baylor impressively held Tech to 37.9% shooting in the second half, including only 25% from three point territory. Scott Drew will be pleased that his Bears were able to win the game not based only on hot shooting, as he knows they will have to carry their pressure defense into future conference games. But the Bears might have another problem on their hand as they were outrebounded 39 to 29. The rebounding edge to Tech is not a huge surprise to most observant Baylor fans as Baylor goes smaller a good portion of the game to utilize its speed and best athletes.

As has become the custom this year, Baylor had 5 guys in double digits in scoring, including a double-double from Kevin Rogers (14 points and 14 rebounds). The other players in double figures in scoring were Baylor's well known guards - Curtis Jerrells with 13, Henry Dugat with 10, Dunn with 20, and Tweety Carter with 11 points and 5 assists.

Baylor won't have much time to celebrate this victory as they head over to College Station to face the Texas A&M Aggies on Wednesday of the coming week. No doubt Drew will have the guys ready to keep up their defensive effort and hope for a second straight win in College Station.

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