Bears Dominate TSU

Rico Gathers lead the Bears in a dominant victory Monday night over Texas Southern

Rico Gathers gobbled rebounds and threw down a couple of nasty dunks, leading Baylor to a 79-45 win over the Texas Southern Tigers. Gathers achieved a double-double in the first half and made it look easy in the process.

The Vegas shooting slump followed the Bears home but Lester Medford was one of the few bright spots. He finished 3-4 from 3pt range with 13 total points.

TSU was overpowered near the basket as the size and power of Baylor’s frontcourt dominated the game on both ends for a large majority of the game. Defensively, Taurean Prince, Johnathan Motley, and Rico Gathers all blocked and challenged shots early, even when perimeter defense allowed dribble penetration. TSU was able to grab a few easy buckets at time when Baylor defenders were out of position, but it wasn’t nearly enough for the Tigers.

The second half consisted of turnovers, allowing easy buckets, and missed 3-point shots by TSU. Baylor took advantage of the 15 TSU turnovers, never letting TSU back in the game.

This game was never in doubt, and Baylor got the bounceback confidence booster that they needed after a tough loss versus Illinois in Vegas. Not a whole lot to take away from this game, but it was fun to watch.

Fun Stats

TSU was held to 19% shooting from 3, which is actually an improvement over the Tigers’ last three games at 16%.

Lester Medford finished the game with 7 assists and ZERO turnovers.

Player of the Game

Rico Gathers was just a bully.

23 points (career high)

14 rebounds

4 blocks

The Bears play at Vanderbilt on Thursday.

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