Bears Fall in OT to Texas

Another double digit lead lost on the road gives the Bears their 7th loss of the Big 12 season, and ends their 4-game winning streak.

With a 10-point lead and the Texas Longhorns on the brink of a massive collapse late in the season, the Baylor Bears went with a slow-down offense that saw them score just 6 points in the last 6:41 of the game. With the Baylor offense stagnant, the Longhorns made enough plays late to tie the game and send it into overtime. Demarcus Holland hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 53-50, and then Jonathan Holmes tied the game on a 3-pointer with just over 1 minute to go. A Prince Ibeh block, one of 11 blocks in the game for the Longhorns, gave UT the final shot, but an off-balance 3-pointer by Holmes missed badly.

The highlight of overtime was a small scuffle at mid-court between Royce O'Neale and Isaiah Taylor, which caused the ejection of 7 players. With Ibeh, Connor Lammert, Cameron Ridley, and Kendal Yancy for UT ejected along with Bears Jonathan Motley, John Heard and Ish Wainright, the chippiness of the game was at a fever pitch. Texas would grow their lead to 3-points in overtime, their largest of the game, but a Royce O'Neale 3-pointer would tie it up.

The two teams would trade missed baskets, which would setup Texas' last chance to steal the win. A questionable no-call on a 5-second infraction allowed UT to keep the ball and get the ball to Isaiah Taylor in the middle of the lane for a pretty floater that went in over Ricardo Gathers. With under 5 seconds to go, Kenny Chery took the ball all the way down the court, but could not finish over Texas center Myles Turner, who recorded his 6th block of the game.

Baylor had its chances in this one to ice the game, but several costly mistakes in the last two minutes left the door open for Texas. With a 4-point lead, Taurean Waller-Prince secured a big-time defensive rebound with 1:44 to go. He quickly passed the ball to Kenny Chery, who forced a pass up the court to O'Neale. Javan Felix stepped in front of the pass to give Texas the ball back. On the next offensive possession, Chery got caught down low and was called for traveling as Prince Ibeh challenged hard on the play.

The Bears made just 9 field goals after halftime, shooting just 27% from the field after halftime. They were led by Taurean Prince's 17 points. Rico Gathers was the only other Bear to score in double figures with 12. Kenny Chery and Lester Medford struggled from field tonight, shooting a combined 5-20, with just 4 assists to go along with 5 turnovers.

The loss drops Baylor to 10-7 in conference play, and keeps the Longhorns hopes alive for an NCAA birth. Baylor will close out the season Saturday evening at home against last place Texas Tech.


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