WACO (AP) – Cory Jefferson scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made the tiebreaking free throws with 50 seconds left in overtime as Baylor opened Big 12 Conference play with an 86-79 victory over Texas on Saturday.
Pierre Jackson added 24 points for the Bears (9-4). Jefferson and Jackson combined to score all but one of Baylor’s 18 points in overtime. Jackson had 11 of them, including nine free throws.
Javan Felix had 26 points and nine assists for Texas (8-6), and Sheldon McClellan scored 21 points.
The Bears were without coach Scott Drew, who served the first game of a school-imposed two-game suspension from Big 12 games. The suspension was announced in April, after an investigation revealed hundreds of impermissible telephone calls and text messages to recruits. Assistant coach Jerome Tang ran the team in Drew’s absence.
McClellan’s 3-pointer from the right wing put Texas up 75-74 with 2:25 left in overtime. But the Bears regained the lead when Jackson drew a foul in the corner with the shot clock running down, then made two of three free throws.
The Longhorns led 79-78 when McClellan made a jumper with 1:29 left. That was their last lead. Jackson made a free throw with 1:22 left, then McClellan missed a 3-pointer that was rebounded by Deuce Bello. Jefferson was fouled on a shot and made the go-ahead free throws.
Isaiah Austin, the Bears’ 7-foot-1 freshman, had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Baylor led 40-31 at halftime after a 10-0 run in which Jefferson had a layup and two free throws. Before that, Julien Lewis hit a 3-point to put the Longhorns up 31-30 with 3:45 left in the first half.
Texas got even at 46 when McClellan made a jumper with 15 minutes left, and it was 64-all after Jonathan Holmes made a 3-pointer for Texas with 4:14 left.
Austin made two free throws with 57 seconds left in regulation. Holmes dunked with 38 seconds left for a 68-all tie, and neither team scored again in regulation. Brady Heslip was way off on an off-balance jumper for Baylor with 2.4 seconds left and the shot clock running down. Officials ruled it didn’t hit the rim, but Texas couldn’t get off another shot before the buzzer.
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