UMass Falls At #25 Baylor, 71-45
Jan. 23, 2010
WACO, Texas - Playing in its 100th all-time game against a ranked team, UMass lost to No. 25 Baylor, 71-45. on Saturday at the Ferrell Center in a rare January non-conference game. Senior Ricky Harris moved to sixth in career scoring (1,656) at UMass with 15 points to pass current UTEP coach Tony Barbee (1,643). Freshman Terrell Vinson (14 points and 12 rebounds) had his second career double-double.
Baylor had three players scored in double-figures. Tweety Carter and Ekpe Udoh each scored 23 points. LaceDarius Dunn, the Big 12's second-leading scorer netted 15. UMass stands at 7-12 overall, while the Bears move to 15-3 overall.
UMass had a tough shooting day, making just 24 percent of its shots from the floor (15-of-62). But the Minutemen did outrebound the Big 12 team, 42-33. In addition to Vinson's 12 boards, Hashim Bailey had 11 rebounds, his third career-game in double-figure boards.
It was UMass fewest points since losing to Xavier, 64-44 on Feb. 14, 2004.
Down by as many as 16 late in the first half, UMass came out strong to begin the second half scoring the first six points to cut the deficit to eight, 34-26 on a 3-point play by Harris. But Baylor answered with 11 points in a row to take a 45-26 lead with 15:08 left in the game. Tweety Carter's 3-pointer gave the Bears their largest lead of the game to date at 19 and forced UMass to call timeout.
Baylor maintained its lead of at least 15 points for the rest of the game. They look a 27-point lead at 64-37 on a steal and subsequent dunk by Udoh with 5:26 left in the second half.
Despite a tough shooting first half (19.4 percent), the Minutemen crashed the boards hard and trailed 34-20 at intermission. Led by Vinson's seven rebounds, UMass outrebounded Baylor, 25-15, over the first 20 minutes. The Minutemen tried to play a deliberate style using most of the shot clock each possession. Baylor's Tweety Carter and Udoh each had 13 in the first half.
Baylor went on a 12-0 run over a span of 7:30 as the Minutemen missed seven field goals midway through the first half. Tweety Carter and Dunn each canned treys to put the Bears up 21-9 with 7:42 left in the first half.
UMass last beat a ranked team when it knocked off then-No. 25 Kansas, last season, 61-60, on Dec. 13, 2008. That was also UMass' last game against a Big 12 team, one that also happened to be ranked No. 25. The Minutemen now stand at 30-70 in its 100 games against AP ranked teams.
The Minutemen finished a stretch of four road games in a five at Saint Joseph's on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. UMass returns home for its second straight Saturday game televised on ESPNU as the Minutemen host Charlotte on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.
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