LUBBOCK (AP) — Lester Medford hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer — his only one of the game — to lift No. 22 Baylor to a 63-60 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday, the Bears’ fourth straight win.READ MORE: Governor Abbott Proposes Parental Bill of Rights As Part of Re-Election Campaign
Zach Smith hit a jumper for the Red Raiders to tie it at 60.
Al Freeman scored 14 points and Terry Maston added 12 for Baylor (14-3, 4-1 Big 12).
The Bears overcame a sluggish start to the second half and allowed the Red Raiders to pull ahead 39-38 on a layup by Smith.
Baylor missed eight free throws to help Texas Tech stay close.
Devaugntah Williams scored 16 points and Aaron Ross added 14 for the Red Raiders (11-5, 1-4), who lost their fourth straight.
Baylor’s bench scored 26 points, led by Maston. Texas Tech got 23 points from its bench.
Baylor came out slow in the second half, getting its first basket with 15:38 remaining. The Bears and the Red Raiders scored only nine field goals each in the second half.
The Red Raiders outrebounded the Bears 28-27 and got 14 second-chance points to Baylor’s nine.
Rico Gaithers of Baylor had 13 rebounds.
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Baylor got 32 points inside to 26 for the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech went 10 minutes without scoring at various stages of the first half. Baylor took advantage and led 36-29 at halftime.
Coming into Saturday’s game, Baylor was 12-0 this season when leading at halftime.
BIG OFF THE BENCH
Baylor’s bench outscored opponents’ 87-18 in its last two games. In those contests Johnathan Motley and Maston scored 37 and 30 points, respectively. On Saturday, Maston made all five first-half field goal attempts to lead all scorers for the Bears.
All three of Baylor’s losses entering Saturday were road games against ranked teams: Oregon, Texas A&M and Kansas. The Red Raiders opened Big 12 play with a Jan. 2 win against Texas. They haven’t won since.
Baylor hosts Kansas State on Wednesday night
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