AUSTIN, Texas -- Freshman Kevin Durant scored 34 points and
A.J. Abrams hit six 3-pointers to lead Texas to an 84-79 win over
Baylor on Saturday night.
Abrams finished with 22 points and his last 3-pointer put Texas
up by seven with 1:41 to play. Connor Atchely scored seven in an
8-2 Texas run that gave the Longhorns the lead late in the second
Texas (15-5, 5-1) has won 22 in a row at home and 18 in a row
over Baylor (11-9, 1-6).
Baylor got within three on Henry Dugat's twisting layup over
three defenders before Durant hit four free throws over the final
12 seconds to seal the win.
Aaron Bruce hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 to lead the Bears,
who dropped their fourth straight loss.
Baylor led much of the game and Bruce's consecutive 3-pointers
after Texas had rallied to tie put Baylor up 60-54. Durant hit a
3-pointer and Atchley's putback gave Texas its first lead of the
second half at 63-62 with just under 7 minutes to play.
Durant was 9-of-18 shooting from the field and 13-of-15 on free
throws. It was Durant's fourth 30-point game in Big 12 play. He
also had nine rebounds.
Durant's big numbers belie his slow start. He swished his first
jump shot, then airballed a 3-pointer. Bruce, meanwhile, had 12
points as Baylor took a 42-36 lead into halftime.
The Bears did it with their size -- two 7-footers in centers
Mamadou Diene and Josh Lomers -- and five 3-pointers in the first
And by slowing the pace and using their size to keep Texas in a
halfcourt game, the Bears effectively neutralized the Longhorns'
speedy breaks in transition. Baylor shot 55 percent from the floor
in the first half and dominated scoring in the paint for the game,
Durant scored seven in the first five minutes of the second and
Baylor watched its size advantage start to dwindle as Diene stayed
on the bench with a twisted ankle and Lowers picked up his fourth
foul with 14 minutes left. Two minutes later, Durant's long
3-pointer from the right wing tied it 54-54.
But as soon as Texas grabbed the mometum, a malfunctioning shot
clock took it away when officials stopped the game for more than
five minutes. Bruce hit consecutive 3-pointers coming out of the
break and Baylor quickly seized the lead again.
Durant hit another 3-pointer and Texas grabbed the lead, 63-62,
on Atchley's floater over Lowers' outstretched arm. Abrams' fifth
3-pointer put Texas up 66-62 with six minutes left.
Atchley hit another layup and two free throws to stretch the
lead to 71-64. The Longhorns led the rest of the way.