McClellan sparks Texas over Baylor 79-70

JIM VERTUNO (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated PressMarch 5, 2013
McClellan sparks Texas over Baylor 79-70
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Texas' Julien Lewis, second from right, is pressured by Baylor's Cory Jefferson (34), Deuce Bello (14) and Pierre Jackson (55) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Sheldon McClellan scored 23 points off the bench Texas and beat sinking Baylor 79-70 Monday night, sending the Bears to their eighth loss in 11 games.

Baylor, which fell a game short of the Final Four two of the last three seasons, came in needing to make a late push to improve its NCAA tournament chances this year but fell flat against Texas (14-16, 6-11 Big 12), having its worst season in 15 years.

Myck Kabongo scored 19 points and Ioannis Papapetrou scored 18 for Texas. Papapetrou's 3-pointer with just under 5 minutes to play stopped a Baylor rally and Julien Lewis added another in the final 2 minutes that put the Longhorns ahead 70-64.

Pierre Jackson scored 22 points to lead Baylor (17-12, 8-9).