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Baylor trips CU to end skid

January 31, 2007

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— Baylor found the right antidote to cure a four-game losing streak.

With Henry Dugat and Aaron Bruce leading the way with 19 points each, five Baylor players reached double figures in a 97-83 victory over Colorado on Tuesday night.

Kevin Rogers contributed 15 points and 12 rebound for the Bears (12-9, 2-6 Big 12). Curtis Jerrells netted 17, and Tweety Carter had 11.

"This win was very important," Jerrells said. "I told everybody before the game that it's not too late, but we can't wait forever. I think it worked because we came out and played with a lot of energy."

Colorado (5-13, 1-7) trailed by 23 points at halftime, but cut the deficit to 73-62 on Richard Roby's layup with 10 minutes remaining.

Baylor's Bruce and Tim Bush responded with three-pointers in an 8-4 Baylor outburst that put the Bears in front 81-66, and Colorado never challenged again.

The Bears finished the game with a season-high 14 3-pointers in 25 attempts.

"To go in the half down 23, that's a big hole to dig yourself out of," Colorado coach Ricardo Patton said. "But our guys did a nice job being more aggressive in the second half on the offensive end."

Xavier Silas led Colorado scoring with 23 points, while Jeremy Williams and Roby contributed 18 apiece as the Buffaloes lost their fourth straight contest.

Colorado improved to 56 percent field-goal shooting in the second half after shooting only 38 percent in the first half.

Dugat's 16 first-half points and Jerrell's 11 paced the Bears to a 53-30 halftime lead.

Baylor started the game with a 20-5 run, capped by Dugat's layup five minutes into the game.

"That basket looked pretty big in the first half," Dugat said. "I credit that to everybody setting great screens for me, and I just got open shots."

After Colorado closed the gap to 27-17, the Bears went on a 16-0 run, extending their lead to 43-17 just over six minutes before halftime.

Baylor shot 66 percent from the field in the first half, and 58 percent for the game. The Buffaloes shot 48 percent for the game.

Baylor outrebounded the Buffaloes 39-32.

"I think we understand what we need to do to be successful," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "I'm pleased with what we've done, and I expect it to carry over."

Oklahoma 81, Longwood 40

Norman, Okla. - David Godbold and Longar Longar scored 16 points apiece to lead five Oklahoma players in double-figures.

Godbold finished 5-of-6 from the field and connected on all four of his three-point attempts. Longar was good on seven of nine shots to help the Sooners shoot 49 percent for the game.

Nate Carter had 15 points for Oklahoma (12-8), and Tony Crocker added 11 points.

Kirk Williams led Longwood (7-17) with 14 points.

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