No. 5 Texas routs Baylor
Waco, TX (Sports Network) – Daniel Gibson poured in a career-high 37 points,
including 20 straight in the deciding stretch of the second half, as No. 5
Texas fended off Baylor, 66-47, at the Ferrell Center.
Gibson went 9-of-12 from behind the arc and 13-of-16 from the field overall
for Texas (16-2, 4-0 Big 12), which has now beaten Baylor 16 straight times.
Brad Buckman added 10 points and Kenton Paulino had eight points and five
assists in the win.
Patrick Fields netted a team-best 20 points and Kevin Rogers chipped in eight
for the Bears (0-4, 0-4), who dropped to 0-2 at home. Baylor has played just
four games because of an NCAA ban that removed all non-conference games.
Texas led 35-22 at the break and went up by as many as 21 after Gibson sank a
three-pointer with just over 15 minutes to play in the contest.
Baylor, though, ripped off a 15-0 run to energize the home crowd and cut its
deficit to 45-39. Fields had six points during that span, including a three-
pointer with 9:43 left to cap the spurt.
The Longhorns finally ended their six-minute scoring drought seconds later
with a Gibson trey from straight away, and he hit another three-pointer with
8:45 on the clock to push Texas’ advantage to 51-39.
Then, after Fields went 1-of-2 from the line for Baylor, Gibson buried two
more three-pointers over the next two-plus minutes to make it 57-40.
The trend continued as the game wound down, as Gibson responded to a
Rogers layup with a bucket from behind the arc that put the lead at 18 with
3:30 left. He added a jumper moments later to finish the incredible string of
20 straight team points.
Texas jumped out to a 31-13 first half lead after a pair of Paulino free
throws, but the Bears outscored the Longhorns 9-4 down the stretch to pull
within 13 at intermission.
Baylor has lost 17 straight games dating back to last season…Texas is the
only unbeaten team in the Big 12…Texas leads the all-time series,
147-75…Saturday marked the 222nd meeting between Baylor and Texas, the most-
played rivalry for both schools.