Baylor attacked the Frogs where they were weak as the Bears rode a 54-25 rebounding advantage to an 88-62 win Saturday.
Baylor guard Taurean Prince scored a career-high 23 points as he and the rest of the Bears were sharp from start to finish.
Baylor was 21 for 21 from the free throw line as they set a school record for most free throws made without a miss.
Power forward Cory Jefferson got the Bears off to a good start in the first half by posting his 6th double-double of the season in the first half alone. He finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds in 22 minutes of action. ??Brandon Parrish led the Frogs with 16 points. He was joined in double figures by Kyan Anderson and Jarvis Ray who finished with 12 and 11 respectively.
TCU was outrebounded 30-13 in the first half by the team that leads the Big 12 in rebounding margin. Baylor hauled in 14 offensive boards in the first half which helped the Bears establish a 26 point halftime lead.
The Bears finished with 44 points in the paint and 52 points from their bench.
“Ya I think we do need more leadership in certain aspects of the game, not vocally, but someone to do right and lead the way,” said freshman Brandon Parrish who finished with 16 points. “There was a message on the board that said we quit, so that’s definitely not a good look, especially on national TV.”
Trent Johnson’s squad was not only short-handed in the frontcourt but in the backcourt as well due to the absence of freshman Michael Williams who missed the game with a high ankle sprain.
“We stopped playing,” Johnson said. “When I say we quit; there are 40 minutes in a game, so if we stop on one possession, we quit. I’m all about a sense of urgency.”
Baylor has now outshot their opponents in 14 of 15 games this season, and they have been outrebounded just once.
“I watched them on tape, and I was like ‘wow,’” Johnson said. “They are much improved from last year...They are a good team; they are very good.”
?For now, the Bears own the state. Scott Drew’s club is 19-1 against in-state opponents since the 2011-12 season.