Dunn, Diene power Bears past KU

March, 12, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Baylor came into the Big 12 tournament as the biggest disappointment in the Big 12 this season.

But after two games, it appears that the Bears are finally playing up to their lofty preseason expectations.

A tough inside-outside combination enabled the ninth-seeded Bears to post a 71-64 victory over No. 1 seed Kansas in the opening game of the Big 12 quarterfinals at the Ford Center.

It was the first time a No. 1 seed has lost its first game in the Big 12 tournament since 2001, when No. 1 Iowa State lost to No. 8 Baylor 62-49. Dave Bliss was Baylor's coach in that game.

The outside shooting of LaceDarius Dunn (24 points, six 3-pointers) overshadowed a strong game from 7-foot Baylor center Mamadou Diene, who erupted for a season-high nine points to go along with four rebounds and five blocks.

You might laugh at that verb choice of "erupted," but that's what Diene did down the stretch. He was force inside as a scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker. Diene had scored 12 points in his last 12 regular-season games -- a stretch dating back to Jan. 2 -- before the tournament.

Kansas was limited to 40.3 percent shooting as Sherron Collins clanked his way through a 6-for-20 game.

The Bears also did a strong job shutting down Kansas' transition game. The Jayhawks were limited to four fast-break points in the game.



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