MaCio Teague scored 35 points while matching a school record with 10 made 3-pointers and No. 3 Baylor finished undefeated at home for the first time in 73 years with a 88-73 win over No. 18 Texas Tech in a regular-season finale Sunday.
The Big 12 champion Bears (21-1, 13-1 Big 12) never trailed, but didn’t take control for good until a 16-3 run in the second half when Teague had three 3s while scoring 12 of those points. He finished 10-of-12 from long range.
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That segment included one 3 when fellow senior Mark Vital leaped in the air going into the Baylor bench area for a long rebound and was able to get the ball to Teague, who then took a step behind the line in the right corner and put the Bears back up by double figures with that 3.
Jared Butler scored 18 points and Davion Mitchell 17 as Baylor finished 10-0 in the Ferrell Center, the first time going undefeated at home since going 9-0 in 1947-48. Vital had 10 points and 15 rebounds.
Kyler Edwards had 18 points for Texas Tech (17-9, 9-8), which was coming off three consecutive wins at home. Kevin McCullar and Terrence Shannon Jr. both had 11.
Vital and Teague, the two senior starters recognized before tipoff, got the Bears out to a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes. Vital, who has been part of a school-record 45 Big 12 victories, opened the scoring with a jumper and had another after Teague hit a pair of 3-pointers.
Baylor, which entered the game as the national leader making 42% of its 3-pointers, finished 15 of 24 (62.5%) from long range — and shot 52.7% overall (29 of 55).
After being down 16-3 only 6 1/2 minutes into the game, the Red Raiders tied the game at 25-all after consecutive 3-pointers. The tying shot by Shannon was a straight-up shot that banked off off the glass and through the rim with 3:57 left in the half.
The game was also tied at 32 before Butler made a full spin on his drive through traffic for a layup in the closing seconds.
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Texas Tech: It was the most lopsided loss of the season for the Red Raiders, who had a pair of 11-point losses (to Top 25 teams Houston and West Virginia). They entered the game as the Big 12’s best scoring defense, allowing only 62.3 points per game.
Baylor: The Bears are 47-5 overall in the two seasons since Teague and Mitchell, both former transfers, became eligible to play for them. Baylor is 7-1 against Top 25 teams this season, and 13-2 the past two seasons.
Texas Tech will play a quarterfinal game in the Big 12 tournament Thursday.
Baylor plays its quarterfinal game in the Big 12 tournament Thursday, against the winner of Wednesday night’s game between TCU and Kansas State.