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TCU hangs on for 85-81 win after late comeback from Baylor

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU appeared to easily be on its way to winning a Big 12 opener for the first time.

The Horned Frogs had a 19-point lead after halftime, the shots were coming easily and Baylor couldn't find a way to put together a run.

While that changed late, TCU held on to start 1-0 in the Big 12 for the first time in its seven seasons as a league member, winning 85-81 on Saturday when Alex Robinson made two free throws and JD Miller another one after Baylor had pulled within one with 18 seconds.

''We had a 19-point lead, and we let it get away. But when you go 8 for 20 from the free throw line (in the second half), things tend to happen,'' TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. ''They were more physical than we were in the second half, clearly. We'll see what we can do about that, but certainly a great win.''

Desmond Bane scored 22 points while Robinson had 18 points and 10 assists for TCU (12-1), which got its ninth win in a row behind 57-percent shooting, including 65 percent in the second half. Miller had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

RJ Nembhard, pressed into the starting lineup with starting point guard Jaylen Fisher out with a knee injury, scored 10 and also made a pair of key free throws down the stretch.

''You've got to have a short-term memory. I know I missed two earlier. I just didn't think about that, I just wanted to get the win,'' Nembhard said. ''I'll do anything to help the team win, so I stepped up and knocked them down.''

TCU still had an 11-point lead in the final three minutes, but needed the late free throws to pull out the win even while scoring at least 80 points for the sixth game in a row.

Tristan Clark scored 18 points to lead four Baylor players in double figures. The Bears (8-5) also got 17 from reserve Matthew Mayer, and Makai Mason and Mark Vital added 15 and 11, respectively. Mason had an open 3-point try to tie the game with eight seconds left that came up short.

''That was a typical Big 12 game. It comes down to one or two possessions, and credit TCU for making one or two more than us,'' said Baylor coach Scott Drew, who was hit with a technical foul less than five minutes into the game. ''Defensively, that's the most disappointing part of the game, I would say, from the standpoint that we thought our defense was better than that. For them to shoot 57 percent, obviously we didn't show our defense's ability.''

Baylor scored first but never led after a Bane 3-pointer with 17:43 to go in the first half.

BIG PICTURE

Baylor: The Bears fell behind early and couldn't get enough defensive stops to put a run together until it was too late. They shot 56 percent in the second half and got as close as one in the final minute, thanks in large part to TCU going cold from the free-throw line. Baylor shot 25 percent (4 for 16) from 3-point range.

TCU: This figured to be an easy win when the Horned Frogs led 50-31 with 16 minutes left and Baylor seemingly unable to stop them. But a 20 for 34 day from the free-throw line, along with Bane not scoring for the final 14:47 as foul trouble mounted, allowed Baylor back in it. The Horned Frogs were outrebounded 33-29 and outscored 44-38 in the paint.

UP NEXT

Baylor will return home Tuesday to play Iowa State, which is coming off a 17-point home win over No. 5 Kansas.

TCU will travel to meet No. 5 Kansas on Tuesday.

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Key Players
M. Mason
A. Robinson
32.6 Min. Per Game 32.6
13.1 Pts. Per Game 13.1
8.6 Ast. Per Game 8.6
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
42.2 Field Goal % 49.2
31.4 Three Point % 37.9
82.5 Free Throw % 64.4
  Offensive rebound by Baylor 0.0
  King McClure missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Tristan Clark 4.0
  JD Miller missed 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
+ 1 JD Miller made 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on King McClure 4.0
  Defensive rebound by JD Miller 5.0
  Makai Mason missed 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
+ 1 Alex Robinson made 2nd of 2 free throws 16.0
+ 1 Alex Robinson made 1st of 2 free throws 16.0
  Personal foul on Jared Butler 16.0
Team Stats
Points 81 85
Field Goals 29-59 (49.2%) 30-53 (56.6%)
3-Pointers 4-16 (25.0%) 6-14 (42.9%)
Free Throws 19-27 (70.4%) 19-34 (55.9%)
Total Rebounds 33 29
Offensive 8 7
Defensive 19 20
Team 6 2
Assists 19 22
Steals 6 6
Blocks 1 3
Turnovers 11 10
Fouls 23 20
Technicals 1 0
18 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
22 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Baylor 8-5 285381
home team logo TCU 12-1 404585
Team Stats
away team logo Baylor 8-5 71.8 PPG 40.6 RPG 13.9 APG
home team logo TCU 12-1 74.3 PPG 39 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
25
T. Clark F 14.6 PPG 6.3 RPG 1.6 APG 73.7 FG%
1
D. Bane G 15.2 PPG 5.6 RPG 2.4 APG 50.3 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Clark F 18 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
D. Bane G 22 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
49.2 FG% 56.6
25.0 3PT FG% 42.9
70.4 FT% 55.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Clark 18 6 4 7/13 0/1 4/6 2 35 1 1 3 2 4
M. Mason 15 3 3 4/12 2/7 5/6 3 33 1 0 3 0 3
M. Vital 11 4 4 4/5 0/0 3/5 4 33 2 0 1 3 1
M. Kegler 9 5 1 4/7 0/1 1/2 4 29 1 0 3 1 4
K. McClure 7 4 2 3/8 0/2 1/1 2 32 0 0 0 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Clark 18 6 4 7/13 0/1 4/6 2 35 1 1 3 2 4
M. Mason 15 3 3 4/12 2/7 5/6 3 33 1 0 3 0 3
M. Vital 11 4 4 4/5 0/0 3/5 4 33 2 0 1 3 1
M. Kegler 9 5 1 4/7 0/1 1/2 4 29 1 0 3 1 4
K. McClure 7 4 2 3/8 0/2 1/1 2 32 0 0 0 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Mayer 17 2 1 5/9 2/3 5/7 0 14 1 0 0 0 2
J. Butler 4 3 4 2/4 0/1 0/0 5 19 0 0 0 1 2
D. Bandoo 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
F. Thamba 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
J. Lindsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teague - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Mitchell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Gillespie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Moffatt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 27 19 29/59 4/16 19/27 23 200 6 1 11 8 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Bane 22 5 3 8/11 3/4 3/3 5 28 1 0 1 1 4
A. Robinson 18 0 10 6/14 0/3 6/10 4 36 2 0 4 0 0
J. Miller 13 10 4 4/7 0/0 5/9 1 33 1 0 1 3 7
R. Nembhard 10 2 3 3/5 2/3 2/4 3 33 0 1 0 0 2
K. Samuel 7 7 0 3/6 0/0 1/4 3 31 1 2 1 3 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Bane 22 5 3 8/11 3/4 3/3 5 28 1 0 1 1 4
A. Robinson 18 0 10 6/14 0/3 6/10 4 36 2 0 4 0 0
J. Miller 13 10 4 4/7 0/0 5/9 1 33 1 0 1 3 7
R. Nembhard 10 2 3 3/5 2/3 2/4 3 33 0 1 0 0 2
K. Samuel 7 7 0 3/6 0/0 1/4 3 31 1 2 1 3 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Noi 9 1 1 4/7 1/3 0/0 2 20 0 0 0 0 1
K. Davis 6 1 1 2/3 0/1 2/4 2 15 1 0 2 0 1
L. Mayen 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 0 1
J. Fisher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McWilliam - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Alok - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Arnette - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Archie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Aschieris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Barlow - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 85 27 22 30/53 6/14 19/34 20 200 6 3 10 7 20