Baylor Holds On To Beat Brown, 72-62
Jan. 8, 2008
Waco, Texas - Baylor freshman LaceDarius Dunn scored a career high 27 points to lead the Baylor Bears to a 72-62 non-league win over the Brown Bears at Ferrell Arena. Dunn connected on 10 of 13 field goals, including 7 of 8 shots from behind the three-point arc.
Brown completes its non-league season with an 8-6 mark, while Baylor extended its record to 12-2.
"Number 24 (Dunn) was the difference in the game," said Brown head coach Craig Robinson. "We knew who he was and he only had two open shots in the first half. All of his other shots were closely guarded."
Brown received a solid game from senior Mark McAndrew (Barrington, RI), who led the Bears in scoring with 22 points, while pulling down a game-high seven rebounds.
"We did a good job running our offense and controlling the tempo of the game," continued Robinson. "While the outcome wasn't what we wanted, we accomplished what we needed to do to prepare for the Ivy League season."
After trailing, 34-25 at the half, Brown clawed its way back to trail by six points, 46-40, on a lay-up by sophomore Matt Mullery with 12:10 left in the game. But Baylor broke the game open with a 14-3 spurt to build a 60-43 advantage with 7:13 remaining to play.
Brown had the better of play in the early going, jumping out to a 14-8 lead over Baylor on a lay-up by McAndrew with 13:22 left in the half. The Baylor Bears answered with an 11-0 run to take the lead for good, 19-14, with Aaron Bruce connecting on three treys in the spurt.
The game settled down and Brown pulled to within a point, 21-20, on two free throws by senior Mark MacDonald. After Baylor pulled out to a 34-23, on a three-point basket by Dunn with 35 seconds remaining, Brown junior Chris Skrelja's lay-up just two seconds remaining cut Baylor's halftime advantage to 34-25.
The first half was a duel between McAndrew and Dunn, with each scored 13 points for their respective teams. Brown tied an NCAA in the half by committing no fouls.
McAndrew's 22 points came on 8 of 13 shooting from the field, including 5 of 7 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Freshman Peter Sullivan tossed in 1 points and pulled down six rebounds, while senior Duffman added 10 points for Brown.
Two other Baylor players scored in double figures, Keith Rogers with 14 points and Dunn with 11 points.
With the completion of non-league play, Brown opens its Ivy League season on Saturday, January 19th against Yale in New Haven, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Since the Ivy League does not have a post-season tournament, the winner of the 14-game league schedule will be crowned the Ivy League Champion and advance to the NCAA Tournament.