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WACO — Longhorns foul their way out of 86-79 loss to Bears in overtime.

WACO — A massive foul disadvantage proved to be the difference in Baylor's 86-79 overtime victory over Texas Saturday.

Texas committed 26 fouls to Baylor's 12, and the Longhorns lost the free throw battle by a whopping 31 shots, 45-14. Bear center Cory Jefferson outscored Texas from the free throw line by himself on the same number of attempts, making 11-of-14 free throws while Texas shot 9-for-14.

But Texas coach Rick Barnes elected not to call foul on the officials afterward, stating that a couple of the fouls "weren't great calls," but adding that the Baylor coaches probably felt like there were some poor calls the other way. Instead, Barnes lamented the fact that the Longhorns struggled to play clean defense.

"They went a long time where they didn't have a field goal because we were fouling," Barnes said.

That disadvantage was especially big in overtime, when the Longhorns lost two post players, Jonathan Holmes and Jaylen Bond, to foul-outs and when Baylor made 12-of-15 freebies to 2-of-4 for Texas. The Bears out-scored Texas 18-11 in the extra stanza despite just five field goal attempts.

"It's disappointing that we fouled too much and we were not able to rebound well enough," Barnes said. "But I thought that there were some positives throughout the game, and we had a chance to win."

The Bears led the Longhorns at the half in points in the paint, points off turnovers and second-chance points. The free throw advantage was also huge. Baylor made 11-of-14 freebies early, while Texas shot just four, making three. And while the Longhorns led 31-30 with 3:47 remaining in the first half, the Bears closed the half with a 10-0 run to grab a nine-point advantage of their own, 40-31 heading into the halftime break.

Texas continues to play without its top point guard in Myck Kabongo, suspended by the NCAA until the Iowa State game Feb. 13. And the Longhorns made their run when the Bears took out point guard Pierre Jackson after Jackson picked up his third foul early in the second half. After Jackson's third foul, Texas cut a seven-point deficit to nil, tying the game 46-all before the cat-quick point guard returned. The Longhorns added another bucket just after Jackson returned to take a 48-46 advantage, capping an 11-2 run.

From that point, it was nip-and-tuck, with the lead never stretching beyond the five-point lead Baylor took at 55-50. And while the Bears grabbed more offensive boards and had one more second-chance point than Texas, the Longhorns used a pair of second-chance dunks to push the game to overtime. After Holmes erased a three-point deficit with a shot from behind the arc, Isaiah Austin rolled to the bucket on a pick-and-roll dunk to re-take the lead. A few possessions later, Javan Felix missed a jumper but Sheldon McClellan hammered home the rebound to tie it. And after Connor Lammert committed a major mistake, fouling Austin under the opposite basket, giving Baylor a 68-66 lead with 57 seconds left, Holmes slammed in another Felix miss, tying the game at 68.

Texas forced a shot-clock violation that gave the Longhorns the ball with 2.4 seconds left in regulation, but the Longhorns failed to get a shot off.

The two sides were back-and-forth in the overtime period, with Texas taking its final lead at 79-78 with 1:29 left on a McClellan jumper. The Longhorns didn't score again, with Baylor closing the game out by making 8-of-10 free throws. Jackson was tremendous in the extra time, scoring 11 points and dishing out assists on two of Baylor's three made field goals (he made the other). Jackson finished with 24 points (making 13-of-15 from the charity stripe) and six assists. Jefferson had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears, while Isaiah Austin teamed with Jefferson to assert the Bears' dominance in the frontcourt, scoring 18 points, grabbing 12 boards and making two blocks.

Baylor coach Scott Drew wasn't in attendance as part of a two-game self-imposed sanction for violating NCAA rules. Bear assistant coach Jerome Tang filled in as the head coach in Drew's absence.

Felix had his best effort as a Longhorn, scoring 26 points, dishing out nine assists and snagging five rebounds, while only committing one turnover in a game-high 43 minutes. McClellan had 21 points for the Longhorns.

"Career highs are nice, but this is a team game and we didn't win, so it really doesn't matter," Felix said. "Unless we win, it's irrelevant how many points I score."

Texas fell to 8-6 with the loss, and 0-1 in the Big 12. Baylor is now 9-4 and 1-0. The Longhorns are next in action at 8 p.m. Wednesday against West Virginia.