Baylor silences Saint Mary’s
HOUSTON — LaceDarius Dunn, Tweety Carter and Baylor had all the fun last night, ending what had been an entertaining NCAA tournament ride for Omar Samhan and surprising Saint Mary’s.
Dunn and Carter both made 3-pointers on their first shots and later combined for a highlight ally-oop dunk as Baylor rushed to a huge lead and romped, 72-49, in the South Regional semifinals.
The third-seeded Bears (28-7) led, 46-17, at halftime and could begin looking ahead to tomorrow’s game against Duke, when they play for a chance at their first Final Four since 1950, when there were only eight teams in the field.
Dunn scored 23 points with four 3-pointers and Carter added 14 points for Baylor. “It’s a good step for us, hopefully we can take a couple of more,’’ said Josh Lomers, the only senior other than Carter on the roster. “Hopefully it can keep growing for decades in the future.’’
Samhan, who had become a breakout star in the tournament with his dominating play in the first two rounds and the one-liners when talking or tweeting, finished with 15 points and nine rebounds for the Gaels (28-6). He had only made only 1 of 8 shots and had only 3 points at halftime.
Carter hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key on his first shot, then Dunn hit one on the next Baylor possession.
Even when things didn’t go exactly as planned, the Bears were still were making things happen.
When an earlier ally-oop attempt from Carter was off-target, Dunn grabbed the ball out of the air, took a couple of steps along the baseline, then turned and hit a short jumper. That was part of a 9-0 run that put the Bears in control early.
The highlight ally-oop came when Dunn stripped the ball from freshman Matthew Dellavedova near midcourt and passed the ball to Carter trailing on his left.
The point guard never dribbled the ball, instead tossed it toward the rim for a slam and a 29-11 lead.