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Bears Top Red Raiders 73-70

Aaron Bruce goes to the basket in front of Texas Tech forward Decensae White.

Aaron Bruce goes to the basket in front of Texas Tech forward Decensae White.

Jan. 13, 2007

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WACO, Texas (AP) - Aaron Bruce broke out of a shooting slump with a season-high 24 points, and Curtis Jerrells scored the go-ahead basket to lead Baylor past Texas Tech 73-70 Saturday.

Bruce had just 12 points on 2-of-19 shooting the past three games before breaking out against Texas Tech.

Jerrells scored 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, and Kevin Rogers had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Baylor (11-5, 1-2 Big 12).

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

Bruce hit six 3-pointers in the game, including consecutive long range shots that gave Baylor (11-5, 1-2 Big 12) a 69-66 lead.

After Jarrius Jackson tied the game with a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired, Jerrells hit a floater in the lane that gave Baylor a 71-69 lead with 1:23 left.

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.

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

The game was tied seven ties in the second half and neither team led by more than six points in the second half.

Texas Tech led 35-32 at halftime and held on to a slim lead until Kevin Rogers put Baylor ahead 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 a 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 two 3-pointers.


 

 

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