Kyan Anderson kept the Frogs in the game with a season-high 29 points and four assists, but the Bears used a healthier and deeper roster to wear down the Frogs.
"Well [Kyan Anderson] handled himself pretty well," TCU coach Trent Johnson said. "He needs help. It's very very disappointing to me because we were down 11 within striking distance at the half. The game was decided at the glass...We didn't play as hard as we've played in the last four out of five games. That's very disappointing."
The Bears started the game 5-7 from the floor to build a 12-4 lead that they would not relinquish. Anderson's 18 first half points kept the Frogs in the game, but the Bears shot over 53 percent from the floor in the first half.
The second half opened with strong shooting from Baylor's Brady Heslip. The senior from Canada hit three 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the half to push the Baylor lead to 18.
The Frogs would fight back, and they cut the Baylor lead to single digits with just under ten minutes to play, but the Canadian senior struck again.
Heslip hit eight three pointers as the comfortable, almost disinterested look on his face never changed. Heslip has found the Frogs easy to play against in the last two years (Heslip hit five threes in the first meeting between TCU and Baylor this season). However, the Frogs are not alone in that regard. Heslip is the all-time leader in three point shooting percentage in Baylor history.
"Once he hits 2 or 3, you know the next six are going in," said Baylor sophomore Isaiah Austin. "We just pass it to him and run down to the other end because he's a great shooter."
In the final 10:22 of the game, TCU scored just three points. Those came by way of three Michael Williams free throws.
"It starts with me," Kyan Anderson said. "If Im not right every day, then it trickles down. I'm always going to put it on myself and try to help my team every way that I can."
"The bottom line is Baylor is better than we are," Johnson said. "This is the hand we've been dealt, but we've got to compete...It's players and talent and depth."