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Five Bears Score in Double Figures as Baylor Beats TCU 77-57

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In a game that featured several runs, Baylor took control in the 2nd half with a 13-0 run and never looked back.

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Scott Drew got a little bit of everything from everyone tonight.

As has become usual at home, Baylor started the game hot on an 8-0, only to allow a 7-2 TCU run to bring things close again. The teams traded runs for the rest of the half. Baylor's runs were bigger, though, and they led 37-29 at the half.

In the 2nd half, from about the 15 minute mark to 12:20, Baylor went on a 13-0 run that feature 6 points from Royce O'Neale and 3 assists from Kenny Chery and stretched the lead to 58-39. TCU never got the deficit beneath 15 points after that.

Baylor had one of its most efficient shooting games of the season. They shot 49.1% from the floor, 50% from three, and assisted on 19 of their 26 made baskets. The ball moved around really well, and the team scored well in transition. Whenever TCU turned the ball over, the Bears were pushing the break and passing the ball ahead for dunks and layups. The scoring was incredibly balanced. Five Bears scored in double figures, including four of the starters.

Rico Gathers collected his 11th double-double of the season with 14 points and 17 rebounds with 6 of them on the offensive end.

Chery, O'Neale, and Lester Medford combined for 35 points, 14 assists, and 6 steals.

Defensively, Baylor put TCU on lock-down most of the game. The Frogs had a tough time getting penetration all night, and the Bears did an excellent job of bending their zone to account for Kyan Anderson's presence. In particular, I noticed Al Freeman switching sides of the zone to stick close to Anderson when he had the ball, which he was forced to pass. Anderson finished the night 3-9 from the field for only 9 points.

Amric Fields led the Frogs in scoring with 14 points and a surprising 2-2 from three, only his 13th and 14th attempts all season.

Here are the stats, per ESPN:

TCU Horned Frogs
STARTERS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Karviar Shepherd, C 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 5 2
Chris Washburn, F 0-8 0-0 0-0 3 3 6 2 4 1 1 2 0
Kenrich Williams, F 3-8 0-1 5-8 4 4 8 2 0 0 0 3 11
Trey Zeigler, G 4-7 0-0 3-4 2 2 4 2 2 1 3 1 11
Kyan Anderson, G 3-9 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 5 1 0 1 1 9
BENCH FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Link Kabadyundi, C 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
Brandon Parrish, F 0-3 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
Devonta Abron, F 1-4 0-0 3-5 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 2 5
Amric Fields, F 6-7 2-2 0-4 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 14
Christian Gore, G 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Charles Hill Jr., G 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
Michael Williams, G 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Hudson Price, G 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Chauncey Collins, G 1-5 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 2
Dalton Dry, G 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
20-56 3-11 14-25 14 15 29 14 7 4 12 20 57
35.7% 27.3% 56.0%
Baylor Bears
STARTERS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Royce O'Neale, F 4-7 1-3 3-3 2 1 3 3 1 0 1 1 12
Rico Gathers, F 5-12 0-0 4-6 6 11 17 1 1 3 3 3 14
Johnathan Motley, F 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 6
Kenny Chery, G 5-8 2-4 1-1 1 4 5 6 2 0 2 0 13
Lester Medford, G 2-5 1-1 5-6 1 1 2 5 2 0 1 0 10
BENCH FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
John Heard, F 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
T.J. Maston, F 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 3 0
Taurean Prince, F 5-10 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 3 1 0 1 4 11
Deng Deng, F 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 2 0
Austin Mills, G 0-1 0-0 4-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Al Freeman, G 2-3 1-1 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 7
Ishmail Wainright, G 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
26-53 6-12 19-24 14 29 43 19 9 3 13 19 77
49.1% 50.0% 79.2%

After starting 0-2, this win puts Baylor above .500 in conference play for the first time this season. Baylor has 3 4 home games and 5 road games left and has yet to face off against Texas Tech. Baylor's right where they want to be right now.

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