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Men's Hoops Rolls Past Texas Tech, 75-48

(9-12, 2-8) NR/NR
  1ST 2ND F
25 23 48
37 38 75

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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 7,750

(15-8, 6-4) NR/NR
48 75
FG Made-Attempted
17-59 26-57
FG Percentage
.288 .456
3PT Made-Attempted 3-15 7-22
3PT Percentage .200 .318
FT Made-Attempted 11-20 16-23
FT Percentage .550 .696
Rebounds 37 45
Turnovers 17 13

Williams 8 Points 15 2 with
Williams 7 Rebounds 13 Austin
Gray 7 Assists 7 Jackson
Gray 2 Steals 3 Walton
Kravic 2 Blocks 4 Austin

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WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor guard Pierre Jackson took a couple of steps past the midcourt line and threw a pass toward the rim. Cory Jefferson grabbed the ball out of the air, extended his arms and slammed it home.

That highlight-reel alley-oop for Jefferson came as part of his 15-point, 10-rebound performance as the Bears, who had runs of 15-0 and 16-1, snapped a three-game losing streak with a 75-48 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday.

"He just jumps higher every game," Isaiah Austin, Baylor's 7-foot-1 freshman sensation, said of Jefferson.

Jefferson's eighth double-double briefly matched Austin for the most in the Big 12 this season. But Austin had four rebounds in a 62-second stretch just before coming out of the game for good to finish with 13 rebounds and 13 points for his ninth double-double.

"It's a little game that we have with each other; we just go into every game and just try to have fun while we're on the court and battle each other, see who can get the most rebounds," Jefferson said. "It's just something to have fun."

Jackson had 15 points and seven assists for the Bears, who avoided their first four-game losing streak in four years.

Jamal Williams' eight points were the most for Texas Tech (9-12, 2-8), which has lost four in a row.

Baylor went ahead to stay with a 15-0 run in the first half in which Brady Heslip hit two 3-pointers and Jackson made another from long range. The Red Raiders missed 10 consecutive shots during that 5-minute stretch.

"I thought we had a great chance early in the game to kind of send a message and make a statement," Red Raiders interim coach Chris Walker said. "We get a couple of easy shots, we miss them. ... Then, all of a sudden, a couple of 3s become a couple of layups and a couple of dunks, and here we are where we are."

Tech then missed its first 10 shots in the second half, while the Bears opened with a 16-1 run to go ahead 53-26. The Red Raiders didn't make a field goal in the second half until Williams' 3-pointer with 12:06 left in the game.

Baylor made five 3-pointers before the Bears' first made shot inside the arc - Jefferson's short basket with 8:38 left in the first half. That came during the Bears' big run, which Jefferson started with two free throws and ended with two more that gave Baylor a 26-14 lead with just less than 6 minutes left.

Not long after the 15-0 run, Jefferson had an emphatic one-handed slam. Then came the alley-oop play.

Texas Tech led 12-11 when Dusty Hannahs drove for a basket high off the glass while being fouled and added the free throw.

Austin then had a turnover, throwing a pass while sitting on his rear after ending up on the floor while scrambling for the ball.

Josh Gray intercepted the pass and had a breakaway, but his dunk attempt ricocheted hard off the rim and went out of bounds near the Baylor bench. Just about every time the 6-foot-1 guard had the ball after that, Baylor students sarcastically yelled, "Dunk it!" He never did.

The Red Raiders still extended the lead after that when Dejan Kravic had a put-back basket with 10:57 left to make it 14-11, their largest lead.

Only 9 seconds later, Jefferson was at the free-throw line, and the Bears were in control the rest of the game.

Baylor was ahead by 10 for the first time on Heslip's 3 from the left corner, right in front of the Red Raiders bench. That made it 24-14 with 7 1/2 minutes left before halftime.

The Bears remain home to play Big 12 newcomer West Virginia for the first time on Wednesday night. It is the only time this season they play back-to-back conference home games.

"Losing's not fun, so we needed some momentum," coach Scott Drew said. "This was a good one to get it started, and we know it's going to be a photo finish here in conference at the end of the season. We want to do our part, and that means taking care of home court down the stretch."



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