Bears fall to the Longhorns

The Baylor Bears fell to the Texas Longhorns 74-60, to fall to 1-5 in Big 12 play.

With the season at a balance, the Bears came out on the court against Texas and quickly gave up 4 turnovers in their 6 possessions. That is pretty much how the day would go for the Bears. Another loss in a string of bad performances, either in terms of effort or just simply results awaited the Bears after the final buzzer sounded, this time 74-60.

"Obviously we're feeling a little bit down because we lost. But at the end of the day, we're very optimistic, we just had a team meeting, and we talked a lot and we're going to figure it out. This is a team that is going to keep fighting no matter what," said guard Gary Franklin who was one of just 2 Bears to score in double figures.

In fact, the balance that helped the Bears offense earlier in the year has maintained, as pretty much the entire offense has gone on a slump. Baylor shot just 32.1% for the game, and only Franklin and Taurean Prince made more than 3 shots for the game. Coach Drew said "When you're shooting 30% in conference, you have to build confidence in yourself before anyone else has confidence in you."

With the Bears offense faltering, the Longhorns did not find much success in the first half either, shooting only 37.9%. However, the play of point guard Isaiah Taylor in the second half with 17 points, gave the Longhorns plenty of offense against the Bears. Taylor would finish with a game and career high 27 points on 10-17 shooting, by getting into the paint to the basket with ease against a soft Baylor defense.

Baylor was led in scoring by Taurean Prince, who had 14 points, including a monster dunk in the second half. However, the Bears inability to make shots prevented them from every getting back into the game after the Longhorns went on a 9-1 to stretch the lead up to 12 points. The Bears would cut it back down to 7, but Texas responded again with another 17-8 run that would put the game away.

The end result is another loss for the Bears, one that drops them to 1-5 in conference play, and completely out of the Top 25. The Bears will stay home this week and play West Virginia Wednesday night, looking to regain their confidence.


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