Feb. 21, 2001
WACO, Texas -
Baylor was held without a field goal and Texas hit 9-of-11 free throws in the final three minutes of play as the Longhorns escaped the Ferrell Center with a 69-59 victory here Wednesday night.
With the loss, the Bears fall to 15-7 overall and 5-8 in the Big 12 Conference. Texas improves to 20-7 and 9-4.
"We came out in the second half and battled back, but then we hit some cold spots on offense," Baylor head coach Dave Bliss said. "Texas played a fine ballgame. They do a fine job on the post, but we gave them too many good outside shots."
By the 5:12 mark in the second half, both teams had reached the double-bonus. However, from that point on, Texas dominated the free throw line. The Longhorns made 13-of-16 from the charity stripe in that stretch while Baylor was just 1-of-4.
On the game, Texas was 25-of-34 from the line, making more free throws than Baylor shot (20). In fact, the Longhorns made more free throws in the second half (24) than the Bears shot all game.
The Bears never led in the first half, trailing 33-27 at the break, but a 10-2 run early in the second half erased a seven-point Texas lead gave Baylor its first lead of the night, 39-38, at the 14-minute mark. Baylor continued that run, opening a five-point lead when Wendell Greenleaf drained his first 3-pointer of the night.
Baylor held on to that lead for the next seven minutes before Maurice Evans made a layup and a free throw with 6:47 to play, giving Texas a 50-48 lead. However, the Bears answered with a Logan Kosmalski 3-pointer. UT regained the lead on a Chris Owens jumper, 54-53, with 5:31 to play and never trailed again.
Kosmalski finished with 12 points, one shy of his career high, while DeMarcus Minor led all Baylor scorers with 14. Steven Othoro had eight points and eight rebounds, however, he was held to just two points and no boards in the second half. Terry Black was held to seven points and matched Othoro atop the Baylor rebound chart with eight.
Evans led Texas with a game-high 18, while Owens and Darren Kelly each had 11.
Baylor will return to action Saturday, traveling to Columbia, Mo., for a 3 p.m. contest with the Missouri Tigers. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+plus and will be seen in Waco on KCEN-TV, channel 6 locally and channel 3 on Time Warner Cable.