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Sir'Jabari Rice's 21 points lead #10 Longhorns to victory over #11 Baylor

HornSports Staff
HornSports Staff

Jan 30, 2023; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns guard Sir'Jabari Rice (10) reacts after a victory over the Baylor Bears at Moody Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Interim Head Coach Rodney Terry improved his record to 11-3 on the season on Monday night as the 10th ranked Texas Longhorns (18-4, 7-2) defeated a red hot #11 Baylor (16-6, 5-4) team 76-71 at Moody Center.

Grad transfer Sir'Jabari Rice led the Longhorns in scoring, with 15 of his 21 points coming in the second half, including four three-pointers.  The Longhorns took a 38-36 lead into the half, shooting 53.8% from the floor to Baylor's 38.9%.  While Texas held the lead for most of the game, Baylor kept it close in the second half,  climbing within one point of Texas (72-71) with :50 left on the game clock.

A clutch jumper by Marcus Carr and two free throws by Sir'Jabari Rice after being fouled by Flo Thamba (fouled out) extended the Longhorns' lead 76-71 with :15 left.  

Adam Flager's missed 3-pointer was rebounded by Rice, who was able to run out the clock and seal the Longhorns' victory.

The Longhorns are now 4-0 in games against Top 20 opponents at Moody Center this season.

Game Notes

  • Texas snapped a six game skid to the Bears with the victory on Monday night
  • The Longhorns' bench players outscored Baylor's 30-6
  • Timmy Allen contributed 18 points (13th time in double digits this season)
  • Tyrese Hunter had 13 points and 3 steals in the win
  • Texas improved to 7-2 in Big 12 play, their best start since the 2013-2014 season
  • With the Longhorns' win and Iowa State's loss to Texas Tech, the Longhorns sit in first place in the Big 12, half a game ahead of Kansas State


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