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Texas 74, Baylor 60

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WACO, Texas -- The Texas Longhorns kept an historic streak going at the expense of wilting Baylor.

Texas guard Isaiah Taylor pushed the Longhorns past No. 24 Baylor 74-60 on Saturday at the Ferrell Center as Texas won its third straight game against a ranked opponent.

It is the first time in program history that the Horns have defeated three consecutive top-25 opponents. Texas won home games against then-No. 8 Iowa State and No. 22 Kansas State coming into the Baylor game.

Meanwhile, Baylor (13-6, 1-5) lost its fourth straight. The Bears came into Big 12 play ranked in the top 10, but are in danger of falling out of the top 25 after dropping five of their first six conference games.

Taylor finished with 27 points, three assists and three steals. He propelled the Longhorns (16-4, 5-2) as they stretched out a comfortable lead after halftime.

Baylor guard Gary Franklin came off the bench to lead the Bears with 14 points.

Texas built an 11-point margin early in the second half. Center Cameron Ridley made a layup on an interior assist from forward Jonathan Holmes. Ridley then rebounded a miss by Baylor center Isaiah Austin and pushed the ball up the floor to Taylor, who completed a three-point play.

The big deficit spelled trouble for a Baylor team that has struggled to find its offensive rhythm during a three-game losing streak.

Baylor forward Cory Jefferson rattled the rim with a dunk, forward Taurean Prince put back a miss and Baylor blocked Longhorn shots on three straight possessions. But that wasn't enough to keep the Texas lead under 10 points for long.

Taylor got in the lane for another three-point play as he continued to drive the Longhorns on offense. Horns guard Javan Felix got in on the act with a jumper that put Texas ahead 62-47 with 5:55 left.

Texas guard Martez Walker hit the only 3-pointer made by either team in the first half with 18 seconds remaining before the break, giving the Longhorns a 31-27 lead.

The Longhorns led by as many as six points in the first 20 minutes, but couldn't gain much separation from Baylor as the Bears made 15 of 21 free throws in that time.

But Baylor struggled from the field early and shot just 25 percent in the first half, including 0 of 9 from 3-point range.

Prince hit a jumper to cap a 7-2 mini-run, giving Baylor its only lead of the first half at 22-21.

Texas reserve center Prince Ibeh answered with a dunk on an assist from Taylor and Taylor hit a pair of free throws to put the Horns back in front. Taylor had 10 points, two assists and two steals in the first half.

NOTES: Since snapping a 24-game losing streak against Texas in 2009, Baylor had won seven of 10 games against the Longhorns before Saturday's contest. ... Baylor was trying to avoid a four-game losing streak, its longest since the Bears lost six straight in 2011-12. ... The Texas-Baylor matchup was a renewal of both programs' most-often-played series. It was the 241st men's basketball game between the Bears and Longhorns. Texas played its first hoops game against Baylor in 1906, defeating the Bears 27-17. The Longhorns entered with a 158-82 lead in the series.
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