WACO (AP) — Taurean Prince scored 15 of his career-high 23 points off the bench when No. 7 Baylor took control before halftime and went on an 88-62 victory over instate rival TCU on Saturday.
The Bears (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) won their 13th consecutive home game, the latest in the streak coming four days after they lost their conference opener 87-72 at No. 9 Iowa State.
Baylor went ahead to stay against TCU (9-6, 0-3) with a 16-3 run midway through the first half. Prince had a pair of layups in the 5-minute spurt that Brady Heslip capped with a 3-pointer that made it 25-14.
Brady Heslip had 15 points on five 3-pointers for Baylor, while Isaiah Austin had 14 points. Cory Jefferson had 11 points and 14 rebounds, his sixth double-double this season, while Rico Gathers had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Brandon Parrish had 16 points to lead TCU, while Kyan Anderson had 12 and Jarvis Ray 11.
The Horned Frogs had their last lead after Ray had five points in a minute. Ray made a layup just more than 4 minutes into the game, then 6-foot-10 TCU freshman Karviar Sheperd stole the ball from the 7-foot-1 Austin. Anderson penetrated inside and passed to Ray in front of the Baylor bench for a 3-pointer from the right side and an 11-9 lead.
Baylor went ahead to stay when Jefferson made three free throws for a 12-11 lead after being fouled on a shot from beyond the arc, and Prince followed a layup.
The first half ended appropriately with Rico Gathers putback basket after Jefferson missed a shot, putting the Bears up 51-26. Baylor already had a 30-13 rebound advantage by then.
TCU lost Devonta Abron, a 6-foot-8 former Arkansas transfer, and 6-10 freshman Aaron Durley for this season because of injuries sustained during a four-game trip to Canada in August. That affected the size and depth for second-year coach Trent Johnson’s team.
The Bears finished with a 54-25 advantage in rebounds and made all 21 of their free throws. Paced by Prince, the Baylor bench outscored the TCU reserves 52-9.
In Baylor’s go-ahead run before halftime, the only TCU basket was when Anderson drove the length of the court, then split three Baylor players in the lane for a layup to get the Frogs within 16-14. Prince responded with a basket for the Bears.
The second half started with Austin passing through the lane to Austin for a slam dunk.
TCU did score eight straight points in just over a minute, but still trailed 55-35 after Amric Fields rebounded a missed free throw and made a jumper with 16 minutes left. Anderson started that stretch with a 3-pointer, before Fields had a steal that led to a layup by Anderson.
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