Isaiah Austin had 18 points and five blocked shots as
seventh-seeded Baylor (22-10) advances to play second-seeded
Oklahoma (23-8) in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Royce O’Neale
contributed 14 points, 12 rebounds and five assists as the Bears
won for the eighth time in nine games.
Karviar Shepherd scored a career-high 19 points for Texas
Christian (9-22), which finishes the season with 19 consecutive
losses. Kyan Anderson and Jarvis Ray added 17 points apiece for
the Horned Frogs, who were without second-leading scorer Amric
Fields (knee) for the sixth straight contest.
The Bears led by 17 early in the second half after an 8-0 run
but the Horned Frogs whittled away and pulled within 53-46 on
Shepherd’s basket with 12:02 remaining. O’Neale and Taurean
Prince followed with back-to-back three-point plays to push the
advantage to 13 and Baylor also stymied TCU’s final charge.
Baylor scored the first eight points and possessed a 20-6 lead
less than seven minutes into the contest. The margin topped out
at 16 with less than 5 1/2 minutes left before the Bears took a
39-27 lead into the break.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The victory was the 200th as Baylor coach for
Scott Drew, who is one win shy of matching Bill Henderson (18
seasons ending in 1961) for most victories in school history. …
Shepherd completed his freshman campaign by scoring in double
digits in six of TCU’s final seven games. … Jefferson had eight
of Baylor’s 15 offensive rebounds as part of a 39-22 edge on the
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