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The Baylor Bears Blow out the TCU Horned Frogs 82-54

Behind a big close to the first half and a dominant run to start the second half, the Baylor Bears overcame an early deficit to blow out the TCU Horned Frogs 82-54 to secure their 3rd straight victory.

Despite an early deficit for the Baylor Bears against the TCU Horned Frogs, a dominant 40-8 run over a 16 minute stretch gave the Bears a big 82-54 win Wednesday night.  Baylor started out in their traditional 2-3 zone, but TCU made 4 of their first 6 3-point shots to build a 27-23 lead.  The Bears offense was working fine, but their defense was allowing the extra pass and giving TCU makeable shots, even for a poor shooting team like the Frogs.  With 3:29 left in the first half though, Scott Drew adjusted to their man defense and held TCU scoreless for the next 5 minutes and 25 seconds of game action as they flipped the game around and built a 10 point lead.  

Overall, it was a 40-8 run for the Baylor Bears, extending their lead to as many as 29 points.  Baylor was led by 17 points from sophomore post TJ Maston, with 15 of those coming before halftime.  He was one of 5 Bears with at least 9-points.  Baylor shot over 63% from the field, a season high, with 27 assists on their 31 made baskets.  

It was a dominant effort on both sides of the court for Baylor, as TCU was limited to just 21-52 shooting, with 10 turnovers.  The Frogs were without starting point guard Malique Trent who was suspended for a violation of team rules before the game.  TCU was led by Karviar Shepherd who had 13 points and 3 rebounds. 

Stats of the Game

  • The Baylor bench outscored TCU  43-13
  • With an assist on 27 of their 31 baskets (87%), the Bears finished with their third best field goal rate. Hardin Simmons (40 assists on 45 made field goals) and Texas Southern (23 assists on 26 made field goals) were higher. 
  • Baylor finished with their 3rd lowest offensive rebound total of the season (8).  
  • No Horned Frog had more than 4 rebounds, while four Bears had 4 or more. 

Tweets of the Game

https://twitter.com/ShehanJeyarajah/status/687473959961374720

https://twitter.com/ShehanJeyarajah/status/687474328007348229

https://twitter.com/ShehanJeyarajah/status/687474844980518914

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https://twitter.com/marchmadness/status/687470502315560964

https://twitter.com/franfraschilla/status/687454145612124167

Player of the Game

TJ Maston - 17 pointson 8-11 shooting, 6 reobunds, 3 assists

The last two games, TJ Maston is 13-22 from the floor, and averaging 15 points per game. This is from a player that scored a total of 19 points last year in a paltry 36 minutes of action. He has 48 minutes of playing time in the past two games.  The 6-foot-7 power forward has displayed an incredibly polished post game, and natural ability to score around the rim.  He was 7-8 for 14 points in the first half, really sparking the Bears run late in the opening 20-minutes.  Those 14 points were a career high, surpassing his 14-point effort against Texas Southern.  It was also his 3rd double digit game in 5 games.  With Maston and fellow sophomore Jonathan Motley anchoring the 2nd unit, the Bears scoring punch from the bench should be powerful.  


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