Bears Can't Get It Done

Not much went right for the Baylor Bears (17-9, 6-6) on Saturday night against Texas Tech (12-15, 4-8). Whether it was blowing defensive assignments, air-balling free throws, or missing layups, the Bears just couldn't ever get their act completely together, falling to the Red Raiders 78-69 in Waco.

J'mison Morgan got the Bears rolling early in the game on both ends of the floor, pulling down boards on defense and scoring 7 of the Bears' first 12 points (including 3/3 from the free throw line, where Morgan has struggled all year). Morgan, along with AJ Walton and Quincy Acy, got the Bears off to a quick 14-6 lead. However, that lead would soon evaporate.

Tech then came fighting back, led by David Tairu's quick 5-point minute to cut the lead to 3. The two teams traded blows for several minutes, with Tech slowly chipping away at the Baylor lead. With 6:02 left in the first half, Paul Cooper hit a jumper that would put the Red Raiders ahead and they would never let up. Tech's strong 3-point shooting put the Red Raiders ahead by as many as 8 in the first half, until 3 Baylor free throws to cut the lead to 32-27 at the break.

For Baylor fans, the second half was hard to watch. Tech tried to eliminate the Bears' ability to shoot and continuously put Baylor players on the free throw line. Any time it seemed that Baylor was about to cut into the Red Raiders' lead, the Bears would be called for some type of foul. With the crowd loudly voicing their displeasure, Coach Scott Drew and many of his players just looked on with bewilderment. When Baylor would make a nice defensive stand for 34 seconds, Tech found a way to make last second shots right before the shot clock was going to expire.

The Bears fought back and cut the lead to 64-62 with just under 4 minutes remaining. Then, with the chance to tie or take the lead, the turnover bug bit yet again. Walton made a careless pass that was easily intercepted. The very next possession with a second chance to tie or pull ahead, Perry Jones lost the ball out of bounds. Tech then extended their lead and Drew ordered the Bears to start fouling.

Lacedarius Dunn led the Bears with 21 points, followed by Anthony Jones with 11. Perry Jones didn't even get a shot off in the first half, with his only 2 points coming off free throws. He ended up finishing the game just 2/4 from the field for 10 points total.

The road doesn't get any easier for the Bears, who will hit the road to face off with #21 Mizzou on Wednesday at 8:00 in Missouri.

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