After the previous two conference games, many Baylor men's basketball fans were wondering the same thing. "What in the world is wrong with Aaron Bruce?" In fact, Bruce had a conversation with his father before the Texas Tech game and his father was wondering the same. After his father gave him some advice, Bruce put on a show in front of the Baylor fans in the Ferrell Center on Saturday night. The Bears defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 73-70.
Bruce led all players in scoring dropping 24 in a 6 for 13 three point shooting performance. The junior guard from Australia hauled in 6 rebound and added two assists. Bruce had the breakout game he needed to get back on track, and the Bears needed the victory they needed to keep their confidence up.
With Bruce the leading scorer in the game, fellow Baylor teammate Curtis Jerrells was not far behind. The sophomore guard poured in 23 points, had 4 assists, and brought down 5 rebounds for the Bears. Jerrells and Bruce were the only two Baylor players to hit a shot from beyond the arc on Saturday.
Jon Plefka led the way for the Red Raiders scoring 19 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. However, the defensive play of freshman standout Demond "Tweety" Carter slowed down the dangerous Jarrius Jackson. The Red Raider guard still scored 16 points on the night, but seemed to be shut down for the most part by both Carter and sophomore guard Henry Dugat.
The Red Raiders led for most of the first half, and Texas Tech took a 3 point lead into halftime. However, behind the shooting of Bruce and Jerrells, and the athletic play on both ends of the court by sophomore forward Kevin Rogers, the Baylor Bears were too much for legendary coach Bobby Knight and the Texas Tech Raiders. Kevin Rogers was the only player in the game to record a double double as he was the most aggressive on the boards bringing down 14 rebounds while scoring 13 points.
Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears will take the show on the road as they face Kansas State in a Wednesday night matchup.
Baylor Defeats Texas Tech; 73-70
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