9:00 PM ET, February 19, 2005
Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Kenny Taylor was primarily a scorer when he played at Baylor. In his last game on the campus where he started his career, he showed his all-around game.Taylor had 14 points and seven assists, making his biggest contribution in a game-turning 15-0 run in the first half, helping Texas beat the Bears 75-60 Saturday night."It feels good to come back here and put a good effort on the court," said Taylor, the last of three former Bears who will visit Waco."I've told him all along that you can have a tremendous effect on the game without making 3-point shots," coach Rick Barnes said. "Kenny was terrific."Brad Buckman scored 19 points and had nine rebounds, and the Longhorns (18-7, 7-5 Big 12) won their 15th straight game in the series since Rick Barnes became their coach.Baylor (9-14, 1-11) has lost nine straight games in the month since its last win, a victory over Colorado to match its win total of last season.Buckman made 6-of-9 shots -- all dunks, layups or short jumpers. He has scored 101 points the last five games, shooting 60 percent (30-of-50) in the span.Taylor needed just two seasons at Baylor to reach eighth on the school's career list for 3-pointers made. In his only other game in Waco as an opponent, he scored 18 points on six 3-pointers last February.Taylor, John Lucas (Oklahoma State) and Lawrence Roberts (Mississippi State) all left under relaxed transfer rules before last season. That was after a scandal under former coach Dave Bliss exposed after the shooting death of a player.Lucas also came back twice. Roberts, the only one who left the Big 12, never did."He was more of a catch-and-shoot guy. He's gotten better handling the ball, penetrating and scoring inside," Baylor coach Scott Drew said of Taylor. "The Texas staff has done a good job with him, really improved his all-around game."Texas didn't lead until freshman Daniel Gibson's 3-pointer from the right corner made it 15-14 just over nine minutes into the game. It was the first of the 15 straight points for the Longhorns.Taylor fed Buckman for a basket, and then drove for his own layup. After penetrating again, he passed the ball to Kenton Paulino for a 3-pointer. Taylor then hit a long 3-pointer, pushing the Longhorns ahead 27-14 after a stretch in which they made 9-of-10 shots."They were running out on me hard," Taylor said. "I made an effort to pump-fake and get into the lane to draw defenders. My teammates did a great job of finishing a lot of plays."Just like in his only other game in Waco since transferring, Taylor was booed just about every time he touched the ball."That's what they're supposed to do," Taylor said. "You can hear them, but I tune them out and focus on the game."Aaron Bruce, the top-scoring freshman in the country, had 19 points for Baylor (9-14, 1-11). Tim Bush had 15 points, but was limited by foul trouble.Barnes, in his seventh season at Texas, has never lost to Baylor. The Longhorns are 55-4 against instate opponents in his tenure.Baylor cut the deficit to 54-45 with 8:34 left. Texas then scored five points on the same possession -- in the same second.Gibson hit a long 3-pointer, and while the ball was in the air Tommy Swanson was called for a foul in the lane. The basket counted and then Jason Klotz made both free throws, making it 59-45 with 8:14 left.Texas kept at least a 10-point lead the rest of the way.Gibson finished with 13 points, including three 3-pointers.The Longhorns, knocked out of the Top 25 this week for the first time since the end of the 2001-02 season, have won three straight games since a three-game losing streak.
|FG Made-Attempted||24-43 (.558)||20-55 (.364)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-21 (.381)||8-29 (.276)|
|FT Made-Attempted||19-24 (.792)||12-18 (.667)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||21 (0/0)|