Tuesday, May 18

Butler scores 28, No. 2 Baylor 11-0 after 67-49 win at TCU


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Jared Butler scored a season-high 28 points, and No. 2 Baylor was undefeated with a 67-49 win over TCU on Saturday, as the Bears picked up another double-digit win even after going behind at halftime for the first time this season.

MaCio Teague added 12 points and Davion Mitchell had 10 for the Bears (11-0, 4-0 Big 12).

Mike Miles scored 15 of his 17 points at halftime for the Horned Frogs (9-4, 2-3), who led at halftime just by the freshman high-level triple from about 65 feet who made the 28-27. .

RJ Nembhard had 14 points and Kevin Samuel had 11 rebounds for TCU, who played back-to-back home games against Top 10 opponents for the first time in school history. No. 6 Kansas beat the Frogs 93-64 last Tuesday.

Baylor scored the first seven points after halftime to move on for good. Mitchell made a short float to the baseline on the first shot.

Butler, the AP All-America preseason guard, recovered from a season-low eight points on 2-of-8 shooting in Baylor’s 76-61 win over Oklahoma on Wednesday night. He made 11 of 17 shots from the field against TCU, and his four 3s came after halftime.

TCU was within 45-42 midway through the second half after Nembhard’s second 3-pointer in just over a minute. But Baylor then scored eight in a row, including a 3 from Butler, and led by at least nine the rest of the game.

Miles hit from about two-thirds the length of the court to end the first half after Butler fumbled on a drive to the basket with Baylor looking for the last shot of the half. Miles got away with the steal, took a few steps, and then threw the ball near the sideline in front of TCU’s bench. The ball hit the backboard low and bounced through the hoop.

That was the Frogs’ first field goal since Kevin Easley put them up 19-15 with 6:58 left in the first half, matching Baylor’s biggest deficit this season. But they missed five shots in a row, and their only other points in that span were six free throws.

BIG BOX

Baylor: The Bears’ 67 points were their season low, after scoring 76 in each of their two previous games. But they keep winning games and have all won by at least 11 points. Michigan is the only other team in a Power Five conference that is undefeated.

TCU: The Frogs had won four of the previous six meetings, including the last three in Fort Worth, including 75-72 last year when Baylor was also No. 2 in the poll.

IMPLICATIONS OF THE SURVEY

With two more wins this week, Baylor will extend its school-record streak to 19 consecutive polls ranked in the top five when the new AP Top 25 comes out on Monday. Before that, the Bears had been in the top five in just 12 polls overall.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Baylor is at home against No. 14 West Virginia on Tuesday night.

TCU plays in Oklahoma on Tuesday night.

More AP College Basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25




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