Dunn, Perry lead Baylor past No. 21 Texas A&M

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WACO, Texas (AP)—LaceDarius Dunn got off to a slow start on Saturday night, missing shot after shot and committing a series of ill-timed fouls.

Then he got going in the second half, and the Bears did, too.

Dunn finished with 16 points, Perry Jones also scored 16 and Baylor beat No. 21 Texas A&M 58-51 on Saturday night, giving the Bears a sweep of the season series.

“I did a great job of just staying within my game and keep taking shots,” Dunn said. “When I’ve got a chance to get a good look, me taking it, whether I had missed two or missed three in a row, it doesn’t matter. I’ve got teammates telling me to keep shooting the ball.”

Quincy Acy added 10 points for the Bears (18-10, 7-7 Big 12), who took a 76-74 overtime win in College Station on Feb. 5, the last loss before Texas A&M went on a five-game win streak.

“Why you don’t make shots is because there’s great defense,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “And why you don’t make shots or turn the ball over is because you get tired because of the great defense. I thought you really had two teams that competed.”

Baylor led 41-32 with 10:29 left before Texas A&M went on a 7-0 run. Dunn then took over, hitting two 3-pointers, a pair of free throws after an intentional foul by David Loubeau, and two more foul shots for a 53-43 lead.

Two free throws by Acy with 1:58 left made it 55-43, the largest lead of the game.

Khris Middleton had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Aggies (22-6, 9-5). Loubeau scored 14.

Dunn struggled in the first half, scoring four points on 2-of-9 shooting and missing all five of his 3-point attempts. On one offensive series, he had a jumper blocked by Naji Hibbert, then shot an air-ball on a 3-point attempt. On the ensuing fast break, Dunn fouled B.J. Holmes on layup that resulted in a three-point play that got the Aggies within 19-18.

Later in the half, Dunn committed a turnover as the shot clock wound down, then was whistled for an intentional foul for wrapping up Holmes from behind to prevent another fast break. This time, Holmes missed both free throws and Baylor continued to lead 28-26.

The Bears finally got things going offensively in the second half, and Dunn’s 3-pointer with 8:53 to play gave him a basket from long range in 42 consecutive games, a school record and the third-longest streak in Big 12 history.

“Dunn made the big shot. We cut it to 2 and Dunn made the big shot, which he’s been doing his whole career,” Aggies coach Mark Turgeon said. “He actually made two big ones. The first one was what separated them again.”

Texas A&M has now lost three straight in Waco, the last two by a combined eight points.

“They were big shots,” Dunn said. “But I credit my team for finding me, the guard, A.J. Walton, for just being the point guard that he is, finding me in wide-open situations. And me taking responsibility to knock them down. I knew I had to come through at some point, and on those plays I did.”

Texas A&M shot 35 percent (19 of 54) from the field, the third-lowest shooting percentage for the Aggies this season. Turgeon credited the Baylor defense for that.

“Their zone was fantastic. It was like they had six guys out there,” he said. “They were everywhere. And our zone attack wasn’t very good. It was good early and it wasn’t very good the rest of the way. I didn’t think we played very smart against the zone. It’s hard to put pressure on a team when you can’t score, and I’m surprised we shot 35 percent. It didn’t feel like it.”

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