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Mannon from Heaven, 76-72

Jan. 29, 1997

Jennifer Paschal/ The Baylor Lariat

Damond Mannon (13), a Portsmouth, Ohio, senior gave the Bears an upset victory over #23 Texas with a desperation 3-point basket.

By Jeff Huett

Lariat Sports Reporter

Baylor public address announcer Brad Cox said it best, 'The Baylor Bears have just embarrassed Tom Penders and the 23rd ranked Texas Longhorns.'

Damond Mannon, a Portsmouth, Ohio senior, led the Baylor men's basketball team to its first win in nine tries on Tuesday evening at the Ferrell Center. The Baylor guard, who scored all ten of his points in the second half, hit the game winning three pointer off the glass with 20.8 seconds on the game clock and three seconds remaining on the shot clock.

'I wasn't supposed to take it,' Mannon said. 'I just threw it up and some how it just went in there.'

After the shot, Texas put the ball in the hands of their All-American candidate Reggie Freeman, but Freeman succumbed to the Baylor defense and committed a travelling violation.

With 10 seconds remaining, Roddrick Miller sealed the four-point win for Baylor with a free-throw.

Although the Longhorns controlled the opening tip, neither team had control of the score. The score bounced back-and-forth throughout the first half with Texas clinging to a 41­38 lead at half-time.

Doug Brandt, a Hastings, Neb. senior, lead Baylor in scoring and rebounding in the first half pouring in 14 points and pulling down six rebounds.

Both teams came out in the second half in foul trouble. Baylor had three men with three fouls each and Texas had two. There were a total of 29 fouls called in the first half alone.

The foul situation didn't get any better for either team. With 14:49 left in the ball game, Texas center Sheldon Quarles fouled out. At the game's end, four men, including Baylor's Jamie Kendrick, a Troup freshman, and David Jones, a Killeen freshman, had fouled out. A total of 55 fouls were called, 27 on Texas and 28 on Baylor.

Although the Bears battled foul trouble throughout the game, including the loss of star center Brian Skinner, a Temple junior, due to early foul trouble, the Bears still managed to upset their oldest rivals, the 23rd ranked Longhorns.

Doug Brandt attributed the win to the support of the Baylor fans.

'Everything just came together,' Brandt said. 'The crowd created enough noise to disrupt the Texas offense.'

Baylor sixth comeback win of the season pushes their conference ledger to 2-6.

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