cloudy.png
Thursday October 21st, 2021 1:52PM

No. 2 Baylor stays unbeaten, tops No. 6 Texas 83-69

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas played Baylor tougher than most teams have this season. The Bears still shrugged off the Longhorns to stay unbeaten.

Davion Mitchell scored 27 points, Jared Butler added 21 and No. 2 Baylor used a big run to pull away for an 83-69 victory over sixth-ranked Texas on Tuesday night.

Baylor (17-0, 9-0 Big 12) has won every game this season by at least eight points and looked to be in a fight with its closest pursuer in the conference. Texas (11-4, 5-3) was within six points late before Baylor pulled away behind open 3-pointers from Adam Flagler and Mitchell.

Andrew Jones scored a career-high 25 points for the Longhorns, who were back to full strength after going without two starters and coach Shaka Smart in a loss to Oklahoma last week because of COVID-19. Texas also had two games postponed and another canceled.

Baylor has won 10 of its last 11 against Texas. The Bears matched the best start in school history and took a three-game lead in the Big 12 standings.

“I wouldn’t say it’s no pressure,” Mitchell said. “We just keep playing with each other, keep playing together and good things are happening. The job’s not finished, so we’re just going to keep playing hard.”

Both teams shot better than 50% in the first half and Baylor made seven 3-pointers, three times building leads of 10 points or more.

Texas came roaring out of halftime with a 13-4 run. Jones made a 3-pointer, Matt Coleman added another and Jones finished a breakaway with a dunk that put Texas ahead 47-45.

“You know they are not going to get rattled,” Smart said. “Tip of the hat to Baylor and the way they attacked, particularly after we took the lead. That four- or five-minute stretch for us was how you have to be, but you have to be that way over 40 minutes.”

The Bears answered the Texas run in a big way.

Mitchell started with a long jumper and Flagler and Matthew Mayer made consecutive 3-pointers. Two free throws by Butler and consecutive driving baskets by Mitchell quickly had Baylor back up by 10 with 12 minutes left.

“I think you’ve got to credit our guys for making some tough shots, and you’ve got to credit our guys either penetrating or getting around their length and athleticism," Baylor coach Scott Drew said.

KEY MOMENT

With 13:21 left in the game, Greg Brown flushed a thunderous dunk that got Texas within 55-51 but was hit with a technical foul for taunting. Butler made two free throws and another quick basket put Baylor up by 10.

“Jared’s been around, he knows that it’s hard to win on the road. You’ve got make sure you that handle whatever crowds they have, whatever energy they have,” Drew said. “Jared’s a big-game player, so you can always get the best in the biggest moments from him.”

Brown, meanwhile, had a frustrating night. Early fouls and defensive lapses had the freshman on the bench for most of the first half. He finished with five points.

“It just can’t happen,” Smart said of the technical foul. “When you have a big-time dunk like that it really injects energy into your team, and then when there’s a technical foul, the momentum goes the other way.”

BIG PICTURE

Baylor: The Bears only attempted four free throws and made them all. They shot 58.6% from the field and 52.4% from 3-point range.

Texas: The Longhorns are having one of their best seasons in years but have lost three of their past four at home and likely won't challenge Baylor in the Big 12. The Longhorns showed the rust of missed games and practices as Texas had little offensive punch outside of Jones and the defense collapsed late.

“This game was important for us,” Jones said. “I don't want to give any excuse for the way we played tonight. Coach is trying to establish a culture that can travel regardless of what happens.”

STAT LINE

The Longhorns were just 3 of 14 from on free throws while shooting 55% from the field and making 10 3-pointers.

UP NEXT

Baylor hosts TCU on Saturday

Texas plays at Oklahoma State on Saturday.

___

More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, College Sports, AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
No. 2 Baylor stays unbeaten, tops No. 6 Texas 83-69
Davion Mitchell scored 27 points and No. 2 Baylor used a big run to pull away for an 83-69 victory over sixth-ranked Texas
9:30PM ( 17 minutes ago )
US Navy drops charges against SEAL accused of sexual assault
The U.S. Navy dropped sexual assault charges against an enlisted SEAL in a case involving a female sailor at a Fourth of July party in Iraq that had prompted the rare withdrawal of the special operations unit from the Middle East in 2019
9:27PM ( 20 minutes ago )
2 California supermarkets closing after city orders pay hike
Kroger Co. will close two supermarkets in Southern California in response to a local ordinance requiring extra pay for certain grocery employees working during the pandemic
9:22PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Resilient Pierre-Paul excited to be back in Super Bowl
Nine years and a pair of career-threatening injuries later, Jason Pierre-Paul is back in the Super Bowl and ready to wreak havoc
7:11PM ( 2 hours ago )
Arenado embraces playing for perennial contender in Cards
Nolan Arenado forced his way out of Colorado by steadfastly sticking to a request to be traded
6:30PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: SEC postpones Vandy at Texas A&M in men’s hoops
The Southeastern Conference has postponed Vanderbilt’s men’s basketball game at Texas A&M on Wednesday night, the second game between the teams postponed this season
6:15PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Sports
Thomas, Johnson headline US roster for AmeriCup qualifying
USA Basketball has finalized the 14-player roster for the final round of AmeriCup qualifying later this month, a group led by NBA All-Stars Joe Johnson and Isaiah Thomas
3:01PM ( 6 hours ago )
FIBA holds draws for Olympic basketball tournaments
USA Basketball won’t have to wait long for intrigue at the Tokyo Olympics
7:26AM ( 14 hours ago )
Booker hits winning 3 in return as Suns edge Mavs 109-108
Devin Booker hit 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in his first game since Jan. 22 and the Phoenix Suns rallied past the Dallas Mavericks for the second straight game, winning 109-108
11:55PM ( 21 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
Video game maker EA Sports announces return of NCAA Football
Video game maker EA Sports announced that it is bringing back its college football series, which was shelved eight years ago after the NCAA was sued for not sharing revenue from the game with players
2:59PM ( 6 hours ago )
The Latest: Vaccine sites in Conn. delay opening after storm
Some COVID-19 vaccination sites in Connecticut remained closed or delayed their openings Tuesday as cleanup from the winter storm continued
12:26PM ( 9 hours ago )
The Latest: Boston College down to 4 scholarship players
Boston College will have only four scholarship players available for Tuesday night’s men's basketball game against No. 20 Florida State
7:20PM ( 1 day ago )
College Sports
SEC eager to change perception league is down in stretch run
Rick Barnes has a message for anyone wanting to count out the Southeastern Conference this season
1:09PM ( 2 days ago )
Pons scores 17 as No. 18 Tennessee beats No. 15 Kansas 80-61
Yves Pons scored 17 points, and No. 18 Tennessee never trailed in beating 15th-ranked Kansas 80-61 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge
8:21PM ( 3 days ago )
No. 2 Baylor still undefeated after 84-72 win over Auburn
Davion Mitchell had 13 points and seven assists against his former team, and No. 2 Baylor stayed undefeated with an 84-72 win over Auburn in the Big 12/SEC Challenge
7:35PM ( 3 days ago )
AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
US Navy drops charges against SEAL accused of sexual assault
The U.S. Navy dropped sexual assault charges against an enlisted SEAL in a case involving a female sailor at a Fourth of July party in Iraq that had prompted the rare withdrawal of the special operations unit from the Middle East in 2019
9:27PM ( 20 minutes ago )
2 California supermarkets closing after city orders pay hike
Kroger Co. will close two supermarkets in Southern California in response to a local ordinance requiring extra pay for certain grocery employees working during the pandemic
9:22PM ( 25 minutes ago )
People in Myanmar honk horns, bang on pots to protest coup
Dozens of people in Myanmar’s largest city have honked car horns and banged on pots and pans in the first known public resistance to the coup by the country’s military
9:11PM ( 36 minutes ago )
Golden Globes to be held bicoastally, with Fey in New York
The 78th Golden Globes will for the first time be held bicoastally, with Tina Fey live in New York and Amy Poehler in Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Tuesday, as the annual Hollywood ceremony adapts to the pandemic
9:04PM ( 43 minutes ago )
WHO team visits Wuhan research lab at center of speculation
World Health Organization investigators are visiting a research center in the central Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus
8:59PM ( 48 minutes ago )