With Prince Ibeh controlling the defensive paint, Connor Lammert hitting big shots, and a productive night from their bench, the Texas Longhorns went to Waco, Texas and defeated the Baylor Bears 67-59. A close game throughout, that saw the lead vary from 2 to 5 points for most of the second half, Texas used big shots and tough defense down the stretch to pull off the upset win.
The Bears had depended on balance all year, but had just two players step up on offense. Taurean Prince (18 points), Rico Gathers (20 points), and Lester Medford (10 points) were the only Bears that made more than 3 shots. The rest of the Bears combined to shoot just 4-23 from the field. The normally powerful bench was outscored 20-7 by the Longhorns.
Texas led for most of the game, with the Bears final lead coming just 4-minutes into the game at 9-8. UT used a quick start from the outside to get the lead, and then forced the Bears into tough, contested shots all over the court. Prince Ibeh finished with 5 blocks and another half dozen shots altered. The Bears shot just 35.2% from the floor for the game, missing many interior shots expecting pressure.
Ibeh and Gathers battled all night, with both trading blows down low, highlighted by a Rico Gathers forearm shiver to the back that led to a technical foul. Both players also threw down thunderous dunks in the closing minutes. Gathers ended with a game high 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Ibeh scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks.
Leading 49-47, the Longhorns closed on a 18-12 run to spoil the Bears comeback. Connor Lammert led the Longhorns with 15 points, tying his career high for the second game in a row. Every run the Bears put up in the second half, tying the game at 37and 43 points.
Baylor travels to West Virginia Saturday evening looking to avoid a losing streak in Big 12 play.