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Jefferson Leads MBB Past TCU in Big 12 First Round, 76-68


68
TCU
(9-22, 0-18) NR/NR
  1ST 2ND F
27 41 68
39 37 76

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Highlights

Kansas City, Mo. • Attendance: 18,972
76
BAYLOR
(22-10, 9-9) RV/RV

THE RUNDOWN
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.

HIGHLIGHTS
• 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

TOP QUOTE
"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

WHAT'S NEXT
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.


 

 

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