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No. 3 Baylor holds off No. 20 Texas in a 68-61 win

No. 3 Baylor holds off No. 20 Texas in a 68-61 win

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. 

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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 Christian Bishop.

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 Longhorns.

UPCOMING

Baylor hosts Iowa State on Saturday.

Texas visits No. 5 Kansas on Saturday afternoon.

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