WACO, Texas -- LaceDarius Dunn set career highs with 43 points and 10 3-pointers as Baylor broke out of a shooting slump in the second half and raced past Morgan State 89-72 on Tuesday night.
Dunn hit three 3-pointers within 58 seconds during a 19-4 run midway through the second half as the Bears (10-3) broke open a tight game. McDonald's All-American Perry Jones III, who was held scoreless Monday in a win over Texas Southern, bounced back with 17 points, and Quincy Acy added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Morgan State, which dropped a 79-63 decision to Baylor in Waco last January, charged out to a 28-20 lead midway through the first half behind Jackson's 13 points. But when the sophomore forward went to the bench with his second foul at the 9:33 mark, Baylor wasted no time exploiting his absence.
Dunn drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key, then drove the lane for a layup and three-point play to get the Bears within 28-26 with 9:02 left. Fred Ellis sank a pair of free throws to tie it, and after Morgan State's Ameer Ali scored on a putback, Baylor answered with a pair of free throws and a dunk by Acy to go ahead 32-30 with 6:03 left. The Bears made six straight free throws in the final two minutes to take a 42-40 lead at the break.
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