From the Inside Out: Tech Falls to Baylor

The Red Raiders just didn't have enough in the tank to upend the No.4 team in the country at in Lubbock.

Every college basketball team is different.

They run different offenses and defenses, some focus on speed and quickness while others focus on size and power, and every team is at a different point in its development.

The Baylor Bears (15-0, 2-0 in Big 12 Play) proved on Saturday afternoon they were much further along in their development than the Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-7, 0-2) with a 73-60 victory in the United Spirit Arena.

Tech fought hard for the entire game, hanging around with the fifth ranked team in the nation as they went into halftime trailing only by one.

But the Bears size and athleticism proved to be too much for the Red Raiders as Baylor took over the second half starting with a 12-2 run spearheaded by Pierre Jackson.

"I honestly think we were playing a little sluggish," he said. "We just had to get a couple of stops and then the scoring will do itself, so we just had to play defense and try to get easy buckets."

Tech competed nobly in the first half by avoiding many of their problems from previous games. They protected the ball well while staying out of foul trouble for the majority of the half.

But the Red Raiders have had trouble much of the season putting two solid halves together as they fell right back in to their mistakes in the second.

In the first half, Robert Lewandowski played every minute, but in the second, he got into foul trouble and was off of the court for a good portion of time. Jaye Crockett also got into foul trouble and leading scorer Jordan Tolbert fouled out.

"If we would have played tougher, we would have won, it's plain, downright simple" Lewandowski said. "I'm sure our opponents would think differently, and give them a lot of credit, they made shots, they're great athletes and they were better than us tonight, but we did not play the way we can play."

With a team as talented as Baylor, mistakes are amplified and the Bears took advantage.

Jackson led the way for the Bears with 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds. He added three steals as well.

In the first half though, the focus of the Red Raider defense was on the big names for the Bears, and with the focus on the big named players like Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller, shooters such as Brady Heslip get forgotten about.

And Heslip responded by hitting four of his first five shots, all of which were three pointers. He finished with 16 points.

"Pierre did a great job in the first half finding me in transition,"           Heslip said, "And that's when I know teams are going to label me as a shooter so they'll be there, but when he finds me in transition, that makes it easy."

There were several times in the second half the Red Raiders made a game of it as Tech went on a 12-2 run of their own to bring the game back to within four, but the strength of the Bears won out in the end as they dominated the paint the whole night.

Baylor had 26 points in the paint on the night including 13 second chance points which proved to be the difference on the night, and at the same time, the Bears held the post players for the Red Raiders down the whole night including limiting Tolbert to nine points.

"We knew Tech, because of their offensive setup was going to get opportunities down low," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "And we just had to make sure that we worked extremely hard to try to make those difficult for them."

The road does not get any easier from here for the Red Raiders as they face off with another Top 20 team in the Kansas Jayhawks.

His team played well tonight, Tech head coach Billy Gillispie said, but could have played better and they will have to on Wednesday night.

"They've got a good team and they beat us," he said. "I'm not into playing close, I'm not into moral victories, I'm not into hanging around, I'm not into any of those terms that you throw out there. I don't like it. We got beat, I don't like it, period."

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