Baylor 53

(9-13, 1-10 Big 12)

Missouri 60

(12-13, 4-7 Big 12)

    8:00 PM ET, February 16, 2005

    Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Missouri

    1 2 T
    BAY 23 3053
    MIZZ 30 3060

    Top Performers

    Baylor: A. Bruce 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Missouri: J. Conley 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl

    Missouri 60, Baylor 53

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Two straight qualifies as a winning streak for Missouri, considering the last time the school did that was Jan. 4 and 8. No matter how ugly it looked.

    Jason Conley had 14 points, nine rebounds and four steals, helping the Tigers outlast Baylor 60-53 in a matchup of struggling teams on Wednesday night. Baylor has lost eight in a row and Missouri, which has won only three of 11, never could take complete control.

    "It was one of those games where the other team made it so boring," forward Linas Kleiza said. "They put us to sleep. Baylor plays that kind of game."

    It was frustrating for coach Quin Snyder, too. Early in the second half, Snyder called a timeout after Aaron Bruce hit on the last of four consecutive 3-point attempts in one possession for Baylor to cut Missouri's lead to 30-26. Bruce had 26 points for the losers.

    "You give them four shots at it, they're going to make one," Snyder said. "I told them, 'If I don't see you guarding I'm taking you out.'

    "I was tempted to sub the whole five but I called timeout instead."

    Not everyone was off. Kevin Young just missed his first career double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds for Missouri (12-13, 4-7 Big 12), which had a 37-25 rebounding advantage. Both totals are career bests for Young, a junior who has made 28 starts.

    "We couldn't keep him off the glass, and that was the difference," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "It's been the difference all year."

    Jason Horton had 15 points to help the Tigers follow up an overtime victory over then 16th-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday despite off-games from Kleiza and Thomas Gardner combined with continued free throw woes and general inefficiency. Kleiza was held to nine points, six below his average, and Gardner had only one point on 0-for-8 shooting after totaling 41 the previous two games.

    Together, the pair had scored 82 of Missouri's 142 points the last two games.

    "To win without shooting the ball and have a couple of guys have some off-nights is a good thing," Snyder said.

    Bruce was 9-for-16 with three 3-pointers and added two steals for Baylor (9-13, 1-10), even though Missouri made him work for many of his shots.

    "He's a big-time player," Snyder said. "The thing that impresses me the most about him is he doesn't get rattled. Sometimes when you play a guy and you're not leaving him and trying not to let him get the ball, they can get frustrated and kind of force their offense."

    The losing streak is the Bears' longest since a 17-game slump to end the 1998-99 season.

    Missouri was 13-for-23 at the free-throw line after going 5-for-12 against Oklahoma, and the misses helped Baylor keep it close. Two free throws by Bruce with 50 seconds to go cut the gap to four, and Missouri was 5-for-8 the rest of the way plus Kleiza forced a turnover.

    Young had seven points in a 16-2 run that gave Missouri early control at 17-7. But the Tigers went cold at the end of the half, scoring only two points in the last 5:18 for a 30-23 halftime lead.

    Baylor is 0-6 on the road in conference play. The Bears are second in the Big 12 in 3-point shooting but went only 4-for-17.

    "When you've got only one scholarship player over 6-6, life isn't easy," Drew said. "But the good news is next year we will."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 53 60
    FG Made-Attempted 20-46 (.435) 21-48 (.438)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-17 (.235) 5-18 (.278)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-14 (.643) 13-23 (.565)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 12

    2004-05 Season

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