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Baylor Causes Havoc in Austin, Beats Texas 78-64

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Led by Johnathan Motley's 24 points on 13 shots, Baylor avenged their home loss to Shaka Smart's Longhorns with a 14-point victory.

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In the first half, Baylor built an 18-point lead at 40-22 on the strength of Johnathan Motley's paint presence, a very active zone defense, and hot shooting.  The next time the lead would get closer than that came with 4:24 left on the clock in the second half when Tevin Mack hit a 3 to make it 70-53.  From there, Baylor simply salted out an impressive road win over one of the hottest teams in the Big 12 to get to 9-5 in conference play and potentially move back into the #3 spot. According to ESPN, 9-5 is tied for our best start in program history through 14 Big 12 games.

The star of the game from Baylor's side is undoubtedly Motley, who, in addition to scoring 24 points on 12-13 shooting, had a handful of rebounds and several key blocks with Rico Gathers still limited by illness.  When he wasn't lighting up Texas, Taurean Prince was, particularly during a key stretch in which he had back-to-back and-1s to extend Baylor's big lead.

As usual, I'm going to leave most of the true #analysis up to Pocket Change since that's his thing (and clearly not mine), but I will say how nice it is to see Baylor respond to losing 3/4 games with back-to-back wins over ranked opponents.  I didn't have a lot of confidence going into this game for a lot of reasons, but Baylor started out fast, played extremely well, and kept it going for a big win.  Great job, guys!

Baylor
starters MIN FG REB AST PTS
T. PrinceF -- 5-10 3 1 17
J. MotleyF -- 12-13 4 0 24
I. WainrightG -- 1-2 5 5 4
A. FreemanG -- 3-6 4 2 8
L. MedfordG -- 6-10 2 3 13
bench MIN FG REB AST PTS
R. GathersF -- 3-5 4 0 6
T. MastonF -- 0-1 1 0 0
J. LindseyG -- 1-3 3 1 4
K. McClureG -- 1-1 1 0 2
J. AcuilF Did not play
J. HeardF Did not play
A. MillsG Did not play
M. LecomteG Did not play
W. MitchellG Did not play
TEAM 32-51 27 12 78
62.7%
Texas
starters MIN FG REB AST PTS
C. LammertF -- 4-6 0 3 9
P. IbehC -- 1-2 4 0 4
J. FelixG -- 1-7 1 3 6
I. TaylorG -- 4-7 1 3 10
K. YancyG -- 0-4 5 0 0
bench MIN FG REB AST PTS
S. CleareF -- 6-9 5 1 14
D. HollandG -- 0-1 0 0 0
T. MackG -- 2-4 0 0 5
E. Davis Jr.G -- 3-10 3 0 11
K. Roach Jr.G -- 1-3 1 2 5
R. McClurgF Did not play
D. NewsomeF Did not play
C. RidleyC Did not play
J. SchwartzG Did not play
TEAM 22-53 20 12 64
41.5%

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