WACO, Texas (AP) — There was a long wait for Baylor players even after coach Scott Drew had finished talking following the 24th-ranked Bears' fourth straight loss.
"Obviously we're feeling a little bit down because we lost. But at the end of the day we're very optimistic," senior guard Gary Franklin said, explaining the delay was for a players' meeting. "We talked a lot and we're going to figure it out. We're going to keep fighting no matter what."
Texas freshman Isaiah Taylor scored a career-high 27 points in a 74-60 victory Saturday that gave the Longhorns their fifth straight victory. They have won three consecutive games against ranked teams for the first time in school history.
"I was really feeling it," Taylor said. "Having their guys have to respect (teammates) opened up the lane for me."
Baylor (13-6, 1-5 Big 12), coming off a 10-point loss at No. 8 Kansas on Monday night, led only once — for about less than a minute late in the first half. The Bears have their longest losing streak since dropping six in a row five years ago, and they have lost consecutive games at the Ferrell Center after a 13-game home winning streak.
"At the end of day, we like this team, we're not going to give up, we're going to keep fighting," Drew said. "Last year, we were at this time 5-1 (in the Big 12). We thought everything was great and finished 9-9. ... We'd rather finish well than start well, so we'll see what we can do."
Franklin led the Bears with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, after arriving at the gym at 7 a.m. to work on his shot. No other players made 50 percent for Baylor, which shot 32 percent overall and was only 3 of 17 on 3-pointers (18 percent). The Bears were the Big 12 leaders shooting 40 percent from long range.
Taurean Prince had 12 points for Baylor while Cory Jefferson had eight points and nine rebounds.
The Longhorns (16-4, 5-2) have already matched their victory total from last season. And they could be a ranked team themselves when they play again, next Saturday at home against Big 12-leading Kansas.
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