Texas beats Baylor for 5th win in a row
WACO, Texas (AP) — Texas freshman guard Isaiah Taylor scored a career-high 27 points and the Longhorns stretched their winning streak to five games with a 74-60 victory over slumping No. 24 Baylor on Saturday.
The Longhorns (16-4, 5-2 Big 12) have won three consecutive games against Top 25 teams for the first time in school history.
Gary Franklin had 14 points and Taurean Prince added 12 for Baylor (13-6, 1-5), which led only once before losing its fourth straight. It is the Bears’ longest losing streak since dropping six in a row five years ago, and they have lost consecutive games at the Ferrell Center after a 13-game home winning streak.
When the Bears got within 46-39 midway through the second half, Taylor scored seven points in a span of 76 seconds.
Taylor’s spurt for Texas began with a three-point play, when he drove and made a tough short jumper from the side of the rim while being fouled. Taylor penetrated for another short jumper and then after Prince’s slam for Baylor, Taylor scored again to push the lead back to 11 points, 53-42, with 8:47 left.
Jonathan Holmes had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Longhorns and Cameron Ridley had eight points and 14 rebounds.
Texas has a week before playing again, next Saturday at home against Big 12-leading and No. 8 Kansas. The Bears were coming off a 78-68 loss at the Jayhawks last Monday night.
The Longhorns lost their first two Big 12 games, including an 87-74 loss at No. 11 Oklahoma State. They then won games over Texas Tech and West Virginia before their current run through ranked teams. After a 10-point win over then-No. 8 Iowa State last weekend, they won Tuesday night over No. 22 Kansas State when Holmes made a game-winning catch-and-shoot 3-pointer at the buzzer.
It was the 241st meeting against Baylor in the most-played series for both teams whose campuses are located about 100 miles apart along Interstate 35. Texas has a 159-82 series lead, and had won 24 straight until 2009.
Baylor had its only lead on Prince’s jumper with 4 minutes left that made it 22-21.
A minute later, Taylor handed the ball to Prince Ibeh, who had a powerful two-handed slam that put the Longhorns ahead to stay. That basket was set up when Kendal Yancy stole the ball from Prince. Yancy had another steal, also against Prince, that led to two free throws and a 27-22 lead with 2 minutes left.
The Bears were within a point on Brady Heslip’s breakway layup, but Martez Walker made the first 3-pointer of the game with 19 seconds left in the first half for a 31-27 lead.
Texas has the Big 12’s longest consecutive games streak of made 3-pointers at 776. Baylor is second at 713, though both teams struggled from beyond the arc against each other — both shot 18 percent.
Baylor was 0 for 9 on 3s in the first half, and finished 3 of 17 after coming into the game as the Big 12 leader shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. Texas was 2 of 11.