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Bears cruise in Dunn's return

Nov. 22, 2010

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Daniel Cernero | Photo Editor
No. 24 guard LaceDarius Dunn high-fives teammate Fred Ellis in his first game of the season Monday at the Ferrell Center.

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Daniel Cernero | Photo Editor
No. 24 guard LaceDarius Dunn celebrates his fourth consecutive 3-pionter at the beginning of the second half Monday at the Ferrell Center. Dunn scored 24 points, shooting 7-of-11 behind the 3-point line, as the No. 12-ranked Bears beat Lipscomb 72-60.
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Daniel Cernero | Photo Editor
No. 24 guard LaceDarius Dunn pulls up for a 3-pointer against Lipscomb Monday at the Ferrell Center.

By Chris Derrett
Sports Editor

Monday night the Bears welcomed back formerly suspended LaceDarius Dunn. He welcomed his team in the form 24 points, including four consecutive 3-pointers that helped Baylor cruise to a 72-60 win over Lipscomb.

"The suit felt good, but the jersey felt a whole lot better," Dunn said.

The senior, who donned coaches' attire and mentored his teammates from the sideline during the suspension, sparked his team in both halves from 3-point range.

With his team trying to extend a seven-point lead out of halftime, Dunn took over the game and scored all of the Bears' points in a 12-2 run lasting a minute and 48 seconds.

The fourth trey drew an eruption from the crowd and forced a Lipscomb timeout, and the Bisons were unable to mount any comeback from the 47-30 deficit.

"Percentage-wise, over his career, it's hard to argue and tell a guy not to take some tough shots when you shoot like he does," coach Scott Drew said.

Without Dunn, Drew's team entered Monday night committing 23.7 turnovers per game. Although the Bears' had 19 against Lipscomb, Drew still felt Dunn's presence stretched the court offensively and led to the below-average turnover total.

Junior Quincy Acy supplemented Dunn's outside threat with 18 points of his own and 14 rebounds for his sixth career double-double and third of the season. He threw down three jams, two of which were alley-oops from Dunn.

"[Dunn] opens up so much for everybody else. When he gets hot, it makes you feel like you're hot," Dunn said.

After sophomore A.J. Walton scored the game's first points on a 3-pointer, Dunn pushed the lead to 9-0 on his own back-to-back threes. From there Baylor scored three buckets in the paint to go ahead 15-7.

Lipscomb head coach Scott Sanderson admitted Baylor's size advantage created problems throughout the night, especially on the boards.

"We had to play a lot of zone because we couldn't really match up with them size-wise. When you play a zone you don't box out nearly as well as you do in man-to-man," he said.

Lipscomb averaged 8.3 more rebounds than its opponents before Monday's game, but the Bears won the battle on the glass, 45-33.

The Baylor first-half lead grew to as large as 24-15 on a scary play seeing J'mison Morgan crash to the floor after a tip in basket. But Lipscomb scored five straight points and kept the Bears within striking distance.

Following Dunn's second half-opening barrage, Baylor closed the half showing its capability as a dominant inside force. The next six Baylor buckets came in the paint before Dunn nailed a fadeaway jumper and an and-1 free throw.

Dunn's 7 of 11 from downtown was part of Baylor's 9 of 22 night beyond the arc.

"If we're shooting 41 percent, that's great. If we're not shooting as well, the good thing is we have some inside. And I think that's where, in the last couple games, we've done such a good job," Drew said.

Baylor has a week off before facing Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m. next Monday in the Ferrell Center.