- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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NEW ORLEANS -- A red-hot start carried Baylor to a 38-28 halftime lead over Old Dominion on Saturday in their second-round East Regional game at New Orleans Arena.
The Bears, who looked jittery for much of their first-round game on Thursday, raced out of the gate in this one and built a quick 10-1 lead behind the shooting of Tweety Carter. That's significant because Carter was held to a season-low two points in the first round and only took three shots.
He was more active in the first half and was clearly looking for his shot. His runner at the halftime buzzer padded the Bears' lead to 10 points.
The backcourt tandem of LaceDarius Dunn and Carter was too much for Old Dominion in the first half. Dunn and Carter combined for 24 points and hit 9-of-14 shots.
Give the Monarchs credit for battling and hanging around despite the Bears shooting 55.6 percent from the field.
Gerald Lee had 10 points in the first half for ODU, but they didn't come easily against Baylor's big front line. Lee's been a little under the weather this week and hasn't been 100 percent.
The pace of the game is also much more to Baylor's liking. Old Dominion has to find a way to slow it down in the second half with its defense. The Bears thrive when the game is played in the 80s. The Monarchs would prefer it to be in the 60s.