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Baylor Overcomes TCU 86-71

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TCU came out at the start of each half hot, but Baylor's defense and inside game eventually pulled away from the Frogs.

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Much like the last time these teams met, the game was close at the 10 minute mark, despite an 11-0 run by Baylor to start the game. Thanks to some timely threes and absolute domination in the rebounding category, the Bears were able to outscore TCU 19-11 over the last 10 minutes.

In the second half, TCU and Malik Trent came out fighting. The Frogs managed to close the gap in about 10 minutes. Thanks to some threes and some hard driving from Trent, TCU brought the game to 57-55 with just over 9 minutes to go. In response, Baylor switched its defensive scheme from (plot twist!) the man it had played all game into the zone. The switch, along with 3 consecutive threes, helped extend the lead back out to double digits for the rest of the game.

Scott Drew decided that TCU would provide some good practice time playing man-to-man defense. Baylor was in man for three-quarters of the game, and until a flurry of threes from TCU in the second half - and Trent burning King McClure (8 pts, 4 rebs, 2 stl) a few times off the dribble - the Bears' defense was decent. It is a bit worrisome that TCU was able to get as many open looks from deep as it did, but that's why you practice a weakness against a weak opponent. TCU was 8-15 from three on the game, but Baylor's inside scoring and rebound advantage were enough to prevail. The final tally on the boards was 45-21 in Baylor's favor, including 16 offensive rebounds for the Bears.

Johnathan Motley and Taurean Prince dominated TCU all night. Prince drove into the pain whenever he wanted, and Motley made a living around the rim receiving dump off passes from his driving teammates and putting back offensive rebounds.

Ish Wainright and Lester Medford also had good games, though a bit less pronounced than the above two. Wainright was 2-3 from deep (including a huge shot that helped put away the Frogs after it became a one possession game), and his effectiveness on the offensive glass early helped Baylor jump to its quick start. He also played solid defense all game long. Medford dropped 10 assists and had an impressive 6 rebounds.

For TCU, Malik Trent was a beast. He led all scorers with 25 points. He also had 4 steals, which led to some good transition opportunities for his team.

In the end, Baylor's talent and ruthless offensive game plan shined through, despite TCU's hot shooting night.

Baylor's next game comes Tuesday night in Norman. With Oklahoma fresh off a loss to Texas, expect the Sooners to come out aggressively, perhaps like they did in Waco having lost to Iowa State the game before.

Here are the rest of the stats:

Baylor

STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
T. PrinceF -- 10-15 2-3 0-1 2 6 8 2 0 2 3 4 22
J. MotleyF -- 7-12 0-0 8-12 5 4 9 1 0 2 2 4 22
I. WainrightG -- 4-5 2-3 1-2 3 3 6 4 0 0 1 2 11
A. FreemanG -- 0-4 0-2 6-6 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 4 6
L. MedfordG -- 2-4 1-2 1-2 1 5 6 10 1 0 6 4 6
BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
J. AcuilF -- ----- ----- ----- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
R. GathersF -- 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 3 3
J. HeardF -- ----- ----- ----- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
T. MastonF -- 3-7 0-0 2-3 2 1 3 1 0 0 1 2 8
A. MillsG -- ----- ----- ----- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
M. LecomteG -- ----- ----- ----- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
W. MitchellG -- ----- ----- ----- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
J. LindseyG -- 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0
K. McClureG -- 2-6 2-4 2-2 1 3 4 0 2 1 0 2 8
TEAM 29-59 7-15 21-30 16 29 45 20 3 6 17 26 86
49.2% 46.7% 70.0%

TCU

STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
C. WashburnF -- 1-3 0-0 4-6 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 5 6
J. MillerF -- 1-5 1-1 2-2 1 2 3 2 2 0 3 3 5
M. TrentG -- 6-13 2-5 11-13 0 1 1 1 4 1 1 4 25
B. ParrishG -- 2-6 0-1 1-3 0 2 2 1 1 1 2 5 5
C. CollinsG -- 4-10 3-5 6-6 1 3 4 5 1 0 1 0 17
BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
V. BrodzianskyF -- 2-5 1-2 1-3 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 4 6
K. ShepherdF -- 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 4
D. AbronF -- ----- ----- ----- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
M. WilliamsG -- ----- ----- ----- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
D. DryG -- ----- ----- ----- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
K. WilliamsG -- ----- ----- ----- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
L. ShreinerG -- 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 3
TEAM 19-47 8-15 25-33 3 18 21 10 10 4 11 24 71
40.4% 53.3% 75.8%

via espn.com