Baylor claimed a gutsy win on its home floor over Texas, as the Bears got in the Big 12 win column with a 69-60 victory on Saturday at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.
Baylor held the Longhorns to 20 points and 26 percent shooting in the second half.
Forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. and guard Manu Lecomte each scored 17 to lead Baylor (11-4, 1-2 Big 12). Bears forward Mark Vital added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Guard Jase Febres finished with 18 to lead Texas (10-5, 1-2). Forward Mohamed Bamba scored 15 with nine rebounds.
Texas coach Shaka Smart dipped to 0-5 against Baylor.
Baylor led by nine when Jake Lindsey hit a pair of free throws midway through the second half.
Texas fought back with a 9-2 run and cut Baylor’s lead to 57-55 when forward Dylan Osetkowski made a deep 3-pointer from beyond the arc at the top of the key.
But Baylor pulled away at the end, finishing the game on a 6-0 run in the final 2:07.
Febres scored all 18 of his points in the first half, leading the way as Texas surged ahead by as many as seven.
The Longhorns took a 19-13 advantage when Eric Davis Jr. made a pair of free throws with 11:16 left before the break.
But Baylor responded with a 14-6 run, sparked by Lindsey hitting a 3-pointer and making a layup in transition. Lecomte capped the spurt with a jumper for a 27-25 lead with 6:58 left in the first half.
Texas pulled ahead again using a layup by Febres, a dunk by guard Kerwin Roach II and a Febres 3-pointer for a 40-33 margin with just 1:29 left before the break.
But again the Bears fired back, with Lindsey making a layup and Lecomte nailing a 3 just before the first-half buzzer to cut the Horns’ lead to two at halftime.
After back-to-back home games, Baylor goes on the road next week for matchups at West Virginia and Iowa State.
Texas returns home to host No. 16 TCU on Wednesday.
—Field Level Media