Texas Wins Nail-biter in Waco

No. 11 Texas (21-4, 8-2 Big 12) barely pulled out the win, 82-77, over Baylor (17-7, 5-5 Big 12) after the Bears sprung a surprising late surge on the Horns. Head coach Rick Barnes and his Longhorns escaped the Ferrell Center, though, giving Texas its 22nd straight win over Baylor.

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With only a 1:20 to go, Texas held a 10-point lead and it looked as if the Longhorns would easily cruise to their 22nd straight win over the Baylor Bears after dominating the scoreboard for most of the evening.

But within a span of 15 seconds, Texas had its lead reduced to a mere four points thanks to consecutive treys from Baylor's Tweety Carter and Henry Dugat and the Horns were in a struggle all the way down to the wire.

Texas had multiple chances to put it away over the final minute, but failed to convert several key free throw opportunities. It was a rough night from the line for Texas in general, hitting only 11-of-21 foul shots (52.4 percent).

In the end, the Texas win may have been more the Bears' own doing. Baylor made two costly mistakes in the final minute to help the Longhorns out of a jam.

Texas only led by two, 76-74, with 41 seconds to go in the game. The Bears had the ball, but Baylor guard Curtis Jerrells shoved Texas' D.J. Augustin, drawing the offensive foul and giving UT the ball.

The second key mistake came with only 28 seconds to go. A lay-up from Carter drew Baylor back within one. Longhorn guard A.J. Abrams stepped on the line and the Bears would be given an inbounds under the basket. But Baylor senior guard Aaron Bruce called a timeout when the Bears had none left, which is a technical foul.

Baylor still had a chance, but the Bears missed all three of their final three-point attempts, allowing Texas to escape with the 82-77 win.

Augstin's shooting woes continued as the sophomore point guard made only 2 of his 12 shots and missed half his free-throw attempts (3-for-6). He finished with only eight points, but did make his presence felt in other ways, picking up 10 assists hitting teammates with key passes, especially to the big men under the basket.

In a surprising change from the way things have gone the entire season, 49 of Texas' points were scored by the front-court, with Damion James leading the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds. It also was yet another strong outing for freshman forward Gary Johnson, who put up 12 points -- 11 of them in the first half -- and 9 rebounds in 25 minutes of action, coming off the bench.

One of the reasons for the lower output amongst the guards was Abrams spending most of the first half on the bench after two early fouls. But Justin Mason, along with Augustin, played all 40 minutes of the game and Mason picked up the slack as a do-everything player for the Horns, putting up 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Texas returns home for a Big Monday match-up with Texas A&M. Monday night's contest will tip off at 8:00 p.m. and the game broadcast will be on ESPN.


The Texas front-court, led by Gary Johnson (1) and Damion James (5), came up big against Baylor (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte)

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