In a crucial conference matchup, tbe Baylor Beats went into
Austin and came out with a huge, 68-61 win over the Texas
Longhorns. James Akinjo and Adam Flagler led the way with each
having 19 points.
The Bears (25-5, 13-4 Big 12) had a huge win against Kansas this
weekend and entered this one a half-game back of the No. 1 spot in
the conference. Kendall Brown and Jeremy Sochan continue to impress
and make cases as potential first-round picks, while the team ranks
No. 3 in the nation in Adjusted Efficiency.
The Longhorns (21-9, 10-7 Big 12) are ranked No. 15 in the NET
Rankings, No. 14 in Adjusted Efficiency, and projected a five seed
in the NCAA Tournament. Timmy Allen continues to lead them with
12.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while Marcus Carr is posting
11.1 points and 3.2 assists.
The first half started with the teams trading buckets before
Texas went on an 8-0 run to make it 16-9. The Longhorns took a
30-27 lead into the break behind a strong half from Carr and
The first five minutes of period two were back and forth, as
Baylor would retake the lead at 40-39. Allen and Baylor’s Adam
Flagler continued to trade baskets and at the 6:55 mark, the Bears
held a 53-51 advantage. Flagler’s hot night continued with another
triple at the 4:56 mark to extend the lead to 59-54.
Akinjo hit a pair of free throws to make it 63-54 and Baylor
would hold on from there, winning 68-61.
Bishop, Carr, and Brown had 13 points each. Flo Thamba added 12
points and 6 rebounds for the Bears.
Along with his 19 points, Akinjo posted 7 assists in the Baylor
win. Jase Febres scored 7 points off the bench for the
Baylor hosts Iowa State on Saturday.
Texas visits No. 5 Kansas on Saturday afternoon.
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