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
"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
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
"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."
Barnes, in his seventh season at Texas, has never lost to
Baylor. The Longhorns are 55-4 against instate opponents in his
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
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.