KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Cory Jefferson scored 20 points, Isaiah Austin added 18 and seventh-seeded Baylor held on to beat pesky TCU 76-68 on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.
Royce O'Neale added 14 points and 12 boards for the Bears (22-10), who advanced to play No. 2 seed Oklahoma in Thursday's quarterfinals with their eighth win in their last nine games.
No. 10 seed TCU (9-22) trailed by as many as 17 in the second half, but behind 19 points from Karviar Shepherd, closed to within 69-63 with 2:32 left to play.
The Bears went back to Austin and the 7-footer scored while getting fouled. He made the free throw to restore a 72-63 cushion.
Shepherd answered by making one of two free throws for the Horned Frogs, but Austin scored at the other end with just over a minute remaining to wrap up the victory.
• Tonight's win is Baylor's eighth in its last nine games (since Kenny Chery returned to starting lineup after turf toe injury).
• Head coach Scott Drew recorded his 200th career win - one shy of Baylor all-time coaching wins leader Bill Henderson (201).
• Senior F Cory Jefferson recorded a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double, his 12th of the season & 23rd of career (BU is 19-4 in those games).
• Junior F Royce O'Neale recorded a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double, his 2nd of the season (BU 2-0 in such games).
• O'Neale had career-high-tying 12 rebounds, his 3rd double-figure total in the last 4 games (BU 3-0 in such games).
• Sophomore C Isaiah Austin had 5 blocks and moved into third place on BU's single-season list with 101 (passed Brian Skinner, 97 in '96-97 & 98 in '97-98).
• Austin scored 18 points, his 19th double-figure scoring game of the season & 46th of career (BU is 32-13 in those games).
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor doubled up TCU in the paint, 48-24.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"We weren't nearly as good as we've been nor need to be. But at the end of the day we got the win, which is important." - Baylor head coach Scott Drew
No. 7 seed Baylor moves on to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, where the Bears will take on No. 2 seed Oklahoma Thursday at 6 p.m. CT. at Sprint Center.