Jan. 30, 2010
AUSTIN (AP) - For a dozen years, things had a way of falling apart for Baylor at the Erwin Center. In the closing seconds of the second half Saturday, it was happening all over again.
The Bears already had blown a 14-point lead. Now they were behind and scrambling, desperately looking for a shot, and they found only an Ekpe Udoh heave that missed the rim entirely.
That's when the Bears and Anthony Jones received a rare bit of Austin good fortune.
"Nobody blocked me out," Jones said, "and the ball fell right into my hands."
In the No. 24 Bears' 80-77 victory over No. 6 Texas, that wasn't the only gift the Longhorns gave their longtime whipping boys. In addition to Jones' all-alone rebound, which he followed by laying the ball softly into the net with 0.3 seconds left to force overtime, Baylor benefited from 27 points off turnovers and four missed UT free throws in overtime.
The result? Baylor's second upset in a row against UT coach Rick Barnes after starting 0-24 against him, the Bears' first victory in Austin since 1998, and the suddenly-slumping Longhorns' first home loss of the season.
"It's a lot better feeling here than usual," Baylor coach Scott Drew said.
UT (18-3, 4-2), which has lost three of its last four, trailed 45-31 early in the second half. But the Longhorns came back to take the lead with 5:44 remaining on a layup by Damion James, who had 20 points and 19 rebounds.
With 16 seconds remaining, the Longhorns led by one point with J'Covan Brown going to the free-throw line. Brown, UT's best foul shooter, had made 48 of his 51 attempts this season. His first shot clanged off the front of the rim, and even after he made his second, UT led by only two.
Baylor (16-4, 3-3 in the Big 12) then tried to get a shot for Tweety Carter, who led the Bears with 27 points, but the UT defense forced him to give the ball up. With time running out, Udoh -- who was 0-for-10 from the field at that time -- threw up a long airball 3-pointer.
"We got them to shoot the kind of shot you want them to shoot," Barnes said.
But Jones, left unguarded in the frenzy of UT defenders switching on the perimeter, was there to clean up Udoh's mess. Then in overtime, Udoh started doing his own damage, making three shots to help the Bears build a six-point lead.
Baylor's big edge in the extra period came at the foul line. The Bears made 8 of 10 free throws, while the Longhorns -- who shot 19-of-31 from the line in the game -- made only 4 of 8.
"I wish I could come up with the remedy of it," Barnes said of his team of 59.6-percent free-throw shooters. "But I've never been able to figure it out."
After the game, UT players' body language suggested a level of frustration, but James said that wasn't the case.
"I like where we are as a team," James said. "It's all good."