No. 7 Baylor beats TCU 88-62, 13th home win in row

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm •  Published: January 11, 2014
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WACO, Texas (AP) — Taurean Prince is getting comfortable in his role off the bench for No. 7 Baylor, and contributing in a big way.

Add in sharp-shooter Brady Heslip, and these Bears have quite a scoring punch after the starting five.

Prince scored 15 of his career-high 23 points when Baylor took control before halftime and Heslip had 15 points on five 3-pointers as the Bears beat instate Big 12 rival TCU 88-62 on Saturday for their 13th straight home win.

"I know my role and play within the program. I try to find my spot and be the best teammate I can," Prince said. "We had the same three big men when I was coming in as a freshman. ... I think it was a good learning standpoint for me to watch for a year. I didn't like it, but it was all good. This year has been great."

Prince, the 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, finished 8-of-10 shooting. He had four rebounds, three on the offensive end, and had three steals.

Baylor (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) went ahead to stay with a 16-3 run midway through the first half. Prince had a pair of layups in the 5-minute spurt that Heslip capped with a 3-pointer that made it 25-14.

"He gave us a great lift," coach Scott Drew said of Prince. "But what I was most pleased was defensively he continues to improve and get better, and going to the glass. ... He's becoming a better all-around player, which is great and exciting."

Heslip started 73 of 74 games the last two seasons as the Bears went to a NCAA regional final and won an NIT championship. Off the bench this season, the senior is averaging about 11½ points a game, more than he did as a starter.

"Just waiting and eager to get in there. ... Once you get in there, you're itching to contribute somehow," Heslip said. " When I come in, I'm looking to be aggressive, whether it's making a pass or looking for my shots. So, I'm trying to embrace it."

Isaiah Austin had 14 points. Cory Jefferson had 11 points and 14 rebounds, his sixth double-double this season, while Rico Gathers had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Brandon Parrish had 16 points to lead TCU (9-6, 0-3), while Kyan Anderson had 12 and Jarvis Ray 11.



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