Texas 68, Baylor 67
WACO, Texas (AP)—Kevin Durant can lead Texas to victory even when he struggles.
Durant went more than 20 minutes without scoring and finished only 5-of-16 shooting, but the freshman sensation still had 20 points and 14 rebounds Saturday night as the Longhorns beat Baylor 68-67 for their 19th straight victory in the instate rivalry.
D.J. Augustin had 11 points, plus an ally-oop pass off the backboard to Durant with 9 minutes left for a one-handed slam that got a little help from the rim and gave the Longhorns (19-7, 9-3 Big 12) a 53-52 lead.
Baylor (12-13, 2-10), which missed a desperation shot at the buzzer, led only once more after that, when Henry Dugat converted a turnover into a breakaway slam. But Connor Atchley then had consecutive layups for Texas, the second after Durant’s rebound on the defensive end.
The 19-game winning streak by the Longhorns has come in every game since Rick Barnes became their coach. Texas has a 149-75 lead in the most-played series for both schools.
Durant, who came in averaging 30 points and 13 rebounds in Big 12 games, scored seven quick points. His tip-in basket with 14:58 left in the first half put the Longhorns up 9-8.
But Durant then missed eight straight shots, and didn’t score again until 14:52 left in the game—when he was fouled making a basket to tie the game at 42. But the Longhorns didn’t go ahead until his ally-oop slam, that hit the side of the rim, bounced up and then fell through the net.
Baylor pushed ahead 52-45 when Tweety Carter made a 3-pointer, but Texas scored eight straight. The Horns’ spurt started with two free throws by Durant and ended with his go-ahead basket. Durant hit 9-of-10 free throws—all after halftime.
The Bears lost their fourth straight, and eighth in nine games, but not until scoring the game’s last five points in a 30-second span and missing a shot at the buzzer.
Curtis Jerrells made a layup and then Carter forced a backcourt turnover. Dugat made a 3-pointer in traffic and falling down from the right wing to get Baylor within 68-67. Augustin then got fouled with 11 seconds left, but missed two free throws.
Instead of Dugat or Jerrells getting off a shot after touching the ball, it ended up in the hands of Mark Shepherd. The little-used forward threw up an awkward shot that hit the backboard and the rim before falling out as time ran out.
Jerrells finished with 18 points and Dugat had 15. Carter and Kevin Rogers both had 10 points. Rogers also had 11 rebounds.
Atchley had 15 points for Texas.