Baylor gets needed win, 59-49 over Texas Tech

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2014 at 4:26 pm •  Published: March 1, 2014

WACO, Texas (AP) — The Baylor Bears need to win every game they can to improve their NCAA tournament hopes.

They will unapologetically take even the ugly ones like this.

Royce O'Neale scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds as Baylor beat Texas Tech 59-49 Saturday even as the Bears went the final 8 minutes without making a field goal.

"I told the guys before the game this is our season. We need to win these games," said Baylor senior Brady Heslip, who had 14 points including four 3-pointers. "I don't think everyone fully understands how important this game was. We need to win two more."

The Bears (19-10, 7-9 Big 12), who were the NIT champions last year, led 50-36 after Taurean Prince completed a three-point play with 8:05 left. They didn't make another field goal, but Kenny Chery hit seven consecutive free throws in the final 3 minutes before a miss.

Baylor shot only 30 percent from the field (16 of 53), its worst-shooting game in a victory in coach Scott Drew's 11 seasons. It was the lowest shooting percentage for a Big 12 team in a victory this season.

But the Bears had a 40-24 rebounding margin, and in an unusual twist they had more offensive boards than defensive ones (21-19).

"You have to compliment Baylor. They dominated the boards," Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. "Even though they were struggling shooting the ball, I thought we did an adequate job there defensively. We couldn't limit them to one shot and that was pretty much the ball game."

Robert Turner had 12 points for Texas Tech (13-16, 5-11), which had beaten Baylor at home by 10 points. Toddrick Gotcher and Aaron Ross each had 10 points.

The Red Raiders have lost five in a row since a three-game winning streak.

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