Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Insider
            LUBBOCK, Texas – After a comparatively quiet first half, Baylor freshman Keyonte George scored 18 of his game-high 27 factors within the second half and led the Twenty first-ranked Bears to an 81-74 win over Texas Tech Tuesday night time at United Supermarkets Enviornment.
            “He got here out heat, huh?” Baylor coach Scott Drew stated of George, who hit 5 of his first six photographs within the second half and scored 13 factors within the first 5 minutes. “After which, credit score unselfish play by our guys. Langston (Love) had a shot, turns it down and will get (Keyonte) the shot. That is figuring out the recent shooter.”
            After an 0-3 begin in league play, the Bears (13-5, 3-3) have strung collectively three-straight wins and sit in sixth place within the Huge 12, simply two video games behind frontrunners Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State.
            “I do know we began off gradual, but it surely’s not the way you begin, it is the way you end,” stated junior guard LJ Cryer, who scored 14 of his 18 factors within the first half. “This is not the end line, however we’re working in direction of that. And beginning a win streak is actually good for us.”
            Scoring in double figures for the fourth-straight recreation, Jalen Bridges scored seven of Baylor’s first 12 factors and helped stake the Bears to a three-point lead, 12-9, within the first 4 minutes. Bridges completed with 14 factors, hitting 6-of-9, and added 5 rebounds, one block and a steal.
            “I am nonetheless ready for him to go three in a row from 3,” Drew stated of Bridges. “He is able to stringing a number of photographs collectively as a result of he does it in observe. His rebound protection has gotten higher and shot-making has been higher. And that was big to start with of the sport for us.”
            Main for all however two minutes of the sport, Baylor led 48-40 on the break and stretched it to as many as 16 halfway by means of the second half when Adam Flagler fed freshman Josh Ojianwuna for a dunk.
            Undaunted, Texas Tech (10-8, 0-6) battled again and pulled inside 5 with 55.1 seconds left when freshman Pop Isaacs made considered one of two free throws to make it a 79-74 recreation. Jaylon Tyson, who recorded a double-double with 19 factors and 12 rebounds, grabbed an offensive board on the missed free throw, however Isaacs missed a fast 3-pointer that may have made it a one-possession recreation.
            “Happy with our guys for preventing again,” Tech head coach Mark Adams stated. “We’re aggressive, and we will proceed to play that manner. These guys have a number of struggle in them.”
            George, who was 6-of-6 from the road and 5-of-11 from outdoors the arc, hit a pair of free throws to seal it with 42 seconds left.
            Cryer hit all 4 makes an attempt from 3-point vary and scored 18 factors, whereas Bridges completed with 14 factors and 5 boards. Flagler struggled from the ground, hitting simply 1-of-8 from outdoors the arc, however completed with 9 factors, 5 assists and no turnovers in 38 minutes.
            “What they do properly is that they have three guards which have great freedom,” Adams stated. “These guys have the luxurious that they’ll shoot the ball off the dribble, coming off screens, after which they’re excellent at it. We have got a hand of their face they usually’re making them again and again.”
            As a staff, Baylor tied Tech on the boards, 31-31, acquired 16 second-chance factors and had a season-low three turnovers.
            “That is superb,” Drew stated of the three turnovers, together with only one within the first half. “To have three turnovers, that is an eclipse. Usually, if that occurs, it is at house. To occur on the highway, it is a double eclipse. Actually happy with the blokes.”
            Tech, which shot a scorching 50.9% from the ground, had a complete of 5 double-figure scorers. Whereas Tyson recorded his second-straight double-double, Isaacs had 14 factors and 5 assists, adopted by Fairdaws Aimaq (12), Kerwin Walton (12) and Kevin Obanor (10) additionally scored in double figures.
            After stretching their profitable streak to 3 in a row, the Bears return on the highway to face Oklahoma (11-6, 2-3) at 3 p.m. Saturday in Norman. The Sooners have received two of their final three and play Bedlam rival Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Stillwater.

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