TCU Falls to No. 6 Baylor
Feb. 11, 2017
WACO, Texas (AP) Johnathan Motley had 25 points on 12-of-15 shooting and No. 6 Baylor had little trouble this time with TCU in a 70-52 victory over the Horned Frogs on Saturday.
Baylor (22-3, 9-3 Big 12) never trailed in winning its 11th straight game in the series since the former Southwest Conference rivals were reunited in the Big 12 when TCU moved into the power league four years ago.
Manu Lecomte added 17 points for the Bears, and King McClure scored all 13 of his before halftime.
McClure had back-to-back 3-pointers for Baylor to make it 15-6 during a first-half stretch when TCU (17-8, 6-6) went more than 7 minutes without a field goal. The Bears led 32-17 at halftime.
When the instate rivals only about 100 miles apart played Jan. 21 in Fort Worth, there were 16 lead changes, with 13 in the second half along with five ties, before Baylor pulled out 62-53 victory. The rematch was tied only once, at 2-2.
TCU: The Frogs shot a season-low 29 percent in the first meeting and struggled shooting against long-limbed Baylor. They were just 6 of 26 (23 percent) from the field in the first half, but did finish 20 of 53. TCU has six Big 12 wins, its most ever in the league. If it split its last six Big 12 games in the regular season, the Frogs would likely get back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.
Baylor: With their latest victory over TCU, the Bears have their best-ever record through 25 games overall (22-3) and best through 12 Big 12 games (9-3). McClure started his second straight game in place of suspended Al Freeman, who is out for what the school called a violation of team policy. McClure has 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting in those games.
TCU: Home against Oklahoma State on Wednesday
Baylor: Before returning home next Saturday to host No. 3 Kansas, the Bears play Monday night at Texas Tech.
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