FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Brady Heslip scored 24 points while making eight of Baylor's season-high 16 3-pointers, and the Bears led throughout in a 91-58 victory over TCU on Wednesday night.
The Bears (15-9, 3-8 Big 12) scored the game's first eight points in less than 2 minutes, with Royce O'Neal and Heslip hitting 3s before Austin converted a TCU turnover into a jumper.
TCU (9-14, 0-11) never got closer than six points after that opening stretch.
Rico Gathers had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Baylor. Isaiah Austin added 14 points, including a 3-pointer for the 7-footer, while Royce O'Neal and Cory Jefferson each had 10 points.
Kyan Anderson had a season-high 29 points for the Horned Frogs, the fourth time he has scored at least 20 points in the last six games. Amric Fields had 10 points.
Baylor last had 16 3-pointers in its opening-round NIT victory over Long Beach State last season. The school record is 20, set at TCU on Feb. 14, 1995.
Baylor's 16 3-pointers made tied its most-ever in a Big 12 game - BU also made 16 at Texas A&M on Jan. 28, 2006.
Baylor scored 49 points in the first half. The Bears had 51 first-half points when the teams met in Waco on Jan. 11.
Baylor's 13 first-half assists tied the most by the Bears before halftime this season - the Bears also had 13 against Hardin-Simmons on Dec. 1.
Baylor had a 45-18 rebounding advantage, surpassing the 40-rebound mark for the 11th time this season (9-2 in those games). The Bears are 73-19 in the Drew era when grabbing 40+ rebounds.
Josh Clemons, a 27-year-old Air Force veteran, made his Baylor debut, playing the final 1:35 in the game.
Isaiah Austin (14 points) scored in double figures for the 15th time this season and the 42nd time in his career.
Austin reached double figures before halftime (14 points) for the 2nd straight game - he had 16 prior to the break at OU.
Austin had a career-high-tying 5 assists, did not turn the ball over, and added 4 blocks.
Brady Heslip (season-high 24 points; 8-of-12 3FGs) hit a season-high eight 3-pointers - it was his 4th career game with 8 or more treys made.
Heslip hit three or more 3-pointers in a game for the 48th time in 98 career games played. He's hit four or more 3-pointers 30 times, five or more 3-pointers 14 times, six or more 3-pointers 8 times and seven or more 3-pointers 4 times.
Cory Jefferson (10 points) had his 18th double-figure scoring game of the season and 48th of his career (BU is 36-11+X in those games).
Rico Gathers (14 points, 11 rebounds) had his 4th double-double of the season and the 7th of his career. He scored in double figures for the 9th time this season and 13th time in his career (BU is 12-1 in those games).
Royce O'Neale (10 points) scored in double figures for the 4th time this season and first time since Nov. 27.
O'Neale tied his season-high with 8 rebounds, and he added 4 assists.
Kenny Chery returned to the starting lineup after not starting the last 3 games while recovering from a turf toe injury. He had 7 assists, his 2nd-most in Big 12 play behind the 8 assists he had at Kansas on Jan. 20.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor out-rebounded TCU, 45-18.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Baylor returns to the Ferrell Center to host Kansas State Saturday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU.