Baylor interim head coach Jerome Tang can rest easy now knowing he fulfilled his duties in Scott Drew’s absence.
Tang finished his stint filling in for Baylor head coach Scott Drew on Tuesday night by helping the Bears get off to a 2-0 start in Big 12 conference play. Baylor brought home its second win after a dominating 82-48 victory over Texas Tech.
Senior guard Pierre Jackson (55) led the Bears in their victory with 18 points, followed by junior forward Cory Jefferson and freshman center Isaiah Austin, who each scored 17. Freshman forward Rico Gathers, who celebrated his 19th birthday yesterday, led the Bears with a career-high 11 rebounds.
In the middle of the first half, the Bears went on a 24-5 run, led by Jefferson and Jackson, which lasted over eight minutes and allowed Baylor to end the half with a hefty 42-23 lead.
Baylor was able to hold two of Texas Tech’s best scorers to below average shooting and continued the execution of a physical defense in the second half to bring the Bears to 2-0 in the Big 12 for the third straight year.
Junior forward Jaye Crockett – who has led the Red Raiders in scoring nine times this year and averages 15 points per game – was held to 13 points. In addition, sophomore forward Jordan Tolbert (9.6 points per game) was held to only three points, and freshman guard Josh Gray, who is second in the Big 12 and 29th in the nation in steals (2.4), only scored eight points off no steals.
Baylor shot 53.6 percent from the field and held Texas Tech to 30.5 percent. The Bears’ 34-point margin of victory was their largest ever against Texas Tech in 61 games in Lubbock.
Drew will return on Saturday to coach the Bears at home against TCU. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest, with tipoff scheduled for 5 p.m. CT.
-- Savannah Pullin