Longhorns take lead into halftime, 39-33

March, 13, 2009
03/13/09
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Baylor coach Scott Drew has to feel pretty good leaving the court with his team trailing by only 39-33 at halftime in its semifinal game with Texas.

The Bears struggled to get into any semblance of an offense for the first 17 minutes of the first half before a late spurt of eight straight points enabled them to pull within four points before a late dunk from Clint Chapman from a set play extended the Longhorns' halftime lead to six.

The Longhorns had little trouble with Baylor's zone defense that had discombobulated Nebraska and Kansas in the first two games of the tournament.

A.J. Abrams nailed his first two 3-pointers that helped stake the Longhorns to an early lead that never diminished.

Kevin Rogers has scored 13 points in the first half for Baylor, but the key for the Bears' upset hopes will be better shooting from their perimeter threats. Guards Curtis Jerrells, LaceDarius Dunn and Tweety Carter combined to clank for 5-for-15 shooting in the first half (33.3 percent). The Bears also hit only one 3-pointer in the first half and must improve their outside shooting in the second half.

Super-sized Texas center Dexter Pittman, who grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds in Thursday's victory over Kansas State, has been limited to only one rebound in the first half. Baylor actually has a 16-13 edge on the boards.

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