Texas Tech 70

(13-5, 2-1 Big 12)

Baylor 73

(11-5, 1-2 Big 12)

    4:00 PM ET, January 13, 2007

    Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas

    1 2 T
    TTU 35 3570
    BAY 32 4173

    Top Performers

    Texas Tech: J. Plefka 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Baylor: C. Jerrells 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast

    Baylor 73, Texas Tech 70

    WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor's guard tandem of Aaron Bruce and Curtis Jerrells made sure Baylor didn't lose another close game against a tough Big 12 opponent.

    Bruce scored a season-high 24 points, and Jerrells added 23 and hit the go-ahead basket to lead Baylor past Texas Tech 73-70 Saturday.

    Baylor (11-5, 1-2 Big 12) had a second-half lead against No. 8 Texas A&M on Tuesday before losing 61-51. The Bears also dropped a four-point decision last week to No. 9 Oklahoma State.

    But Bruce and Jerrells made sure the Bears didn't let another tight one slip away and prevented Texas Tech coach Bob Knight from winning his 883rd game.

    "It was huge because it gives young guys confidence that not only can they win, but they can also win in the close games," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "The more close games you can win, the better it is for a young team."

    Texas Tech (13-5, 2-1) saw its three-game winning streak end and lost for the first time since coach Knight became the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history. His win total remains at 882.

    Bruce, Baylor's top scorer last season at 18 points per contest, had been mired in a mini-shooting slump. He had just 12 points on 2-of-19 shooting the past three games before breaking out against the Red Raiders.

    Jerrells was 9-of-13 from the floor and his floater in the lane gave Baylor a 71-69 lead with 1:26 left.

    "Baylor's two guards, Jerrells and Bruce, played really well," Knight said. "We said all along it was going to be a game of perimeter players and theirs really beat ours. They beat ours badly. Those two kids made a lot of big buckets."

    Bruce hit six 3-pointers in the game, including consecutive long range shots that gave Baylor a 69-66 lead.

    He attributed his success Saturday to extra time in the gym.

    "I've been spending from an hour to two hours just shooting," Bruce said. "I knew I had put up enough repetitions to hit shots. It was just a matter of getting good looks."

    Jarrius Jackson tied the game at 69 with a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired before Jerrells hit the go-ahead hoop.

    Tim Bush hit two free throws that put the Bears ahead 73-70 with 23 seconds left. Jackson missed two 3-pointers in the final seconds that could have tied the score.

    "This serves our confidence well," Bruce said. "It was a great win and we knew it would be a battle for 40 minutes."

    Kevin Rogers had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Baylor.

    Texas Tech's Jon Plefka scored 17 of his career-high 19 points in the second half, and Jackson had 16.

    In the second half, the game was tied seven times and neither team led by more than six points.

    Texas Tech led 35-32 at halftime and held on to a slim lead until Rogers put Baylor ahead 56-55 with a put-back basket. Baylor's Henry Dugat followed with a dunk and Bruce hit a 3-pointer to put the Bears ahead by six.

    But the Red Raiders answered with nine straight points that started with Plefka's 3-pointer. Plefka, who was averaging just 3.7 points per game, hit 7-of-9 shots.

    Martin Zeno's layup gave the Red Raiders a 66-63 advantage before Bruce answered with his two 3-pointers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 70 73
    FG Made-Attempted 28-69 (.406) 28-58 (.483)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-13 (.462) 10-26 (.385)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-12 (.667) 7-12 (.583)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 6

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