Jan. 26, 2013
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FORT WORTH--TCU ran into a sharp-shooting Baylor squad Saturday, falling by a 82-56 count to the Bears at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Senior forward Adrick McKinney led TCU in the scorebook with 15 points.
The setback dropped the Horned Frogs' season record to 9-11 overall, including 0-7 in Big 12 Conference play. Baylor improved to 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the Big 12 with its third straight victory.
BU was hot from outside throughout the afternoon, and it proved to be more than the Frogs could handle. The Bears drilled 11-of-19 attempts from 3-point range, the most treys made against the Frogs since UNLV buried 12 last season in Las Vegas.
Baylor not only was sharp from outside, it played well in most facets of Saturday's game, taking advantage of nearly every opportunity that arose. The squad went 17-for-20 at the free-throw line (85.0 percent) and scored 25 second-chance points on 13 offensive rebounds. The Bears' edge in size over the Frogs resulted in a 40-30 overall rebounding margin. The squad also limited TCU to only 33.3 percent shooting from the floor overall.
McKinney led TCU in both scoring and rebounding, adding eight rebounds to go with his 15 points. The Fort Worth native reached double figures in points for the seventh time in the last 12 games, while he paced the Frogs on the glass for the 11th time in the last 14 contests.
Two other Frog seniors also hit double digits in points while matching previous career highs. Forward Connell Crossland totaled 12 points for the second time this season, going 6-of-8 from the field while adding a career-best three steals. Guard Nate Butler Lind scored 10 for only the third time in his career. Sophomore guard Kyan Anderson added seven points and four steals.
Baylor received a big game from Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Pierre Jackson, who led the squad's barrage from outside with 20 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Guard Gary Franklin also was sharp from deep, going 4-of-4 to account for his 12 points.
The Bears received open outside looks thanks in part to the success in the paint by forwards Isaiah Austin and Rico Gathers, who combined for 33 points and 16 rebounds. Austin accounted for 18 points and six rebounds. Gathers notched a double-double featuring 15 points and 10 boards.
BU led the contest from the outset as TCU made only 2-of-13 shots to open the afternoon. Despite the Frogs' slow start, the key stretch proved to be later in the half, as Baylor compiled an 18-2 run that ballooned its eight-point lead into a 24-point advantage. The Bears scored each point in the spurt in just over two-and-a-half minutes, while the only basket the Frogs could muster was a McKinney layup.
TCU regrouped from the run and scored nine of the final 11 points in the half, but the damage had been done. Baylor took a 43-26 lead into intermission, and the Frogs were unable to climb any closer the remainder of the game.
The Frogs take the next week off from competition before returning to action next Saturday at Texas. The Frogs and Longhorns are set to tip-off at 7 p.m. from the Frank Erwin Special Events Center, with the contest being televised live on the Longhorn Network.