Baylor makes 16 3-pointers in 91-58 win at TCU

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm •  Published: February 12, 2014
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Brady Heslip and the Baylor Bears know their best chance to get into the NCAA tournament is win every game they have left on their schedule.

Heslip helped them take a first step toward that, scoring 24 points while making eight of Baylor's season-high 16 3-pointers as the Bears led throughout in a 91-58 victory over TCU on Wednesday night.

"We just came back and regrouped and said we have eight games left, and we're just going to try and make history," Heslip said. "We started a one-game winning streak. Everybody played really well, everybody played together. We executed, we played tough defense, we rebounded. We need to bring that total effort every game now for the last seven."

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 Isaiah Austin converted a TCU turnover into a jumper.

Baylor had lost seven of eight games since beating its instate rival a month and a day earlier. At that point, the Bears were 13-2 and ranked No. 7 in the country.

"Hopefully, we've got some shots left in us for Saturday," coach Scott Drew said. "We've been working real hard and it doesn't seem like we've been rewarded. It's good that the guys can feel good for a night."

They shot 53 percent overall (31 of 58) and 59 percent on their 3-pointers (16 of 27).

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. Austin added 14 points, including a 3-pointer for the 7-footer, while Royce O'Neal and Cory Jefferson each had 10 points.

The Bears had a 45-18 rebounding margin, with their 19 offensive rebounds one more than TCU's total. That was similar to the previous meeting, an 88-62 victory when Baylor had a 54-25 edge and had 24 offensive boards.

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.

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