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Shots fall, losing steak ends at 4 in conference

Feb. 6, 2001

Men's basketball team downs Tech at home


Sports writer

The Baylor men's basketball team finally made some shots, and the result was an 82-74 triumph over Texas Tech University Saturday at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Bears and moved their record to 14-5 overall and 3-5 in the Big 12 Conference. Tech, which beat Baylor earlier this season, fell to 8-10 overall and 2-5 in the conference.

'There's no doubt winning cures a lot of ills,' Baylor head Coach Dave Bliss said. 'Texas Tech is a great defensive team. We kept the doors open hoping the wind might blow some shots in and I guess it worked.'

One of the most pleasing sights for Baylor was seeing 82 points on the scoreboard. It was Baylor's highest point total since an 88-63 win over the University of North Texas on Dec. 23.

'You just thank your lucky stars you can pull yourself out of it,' guard Chad Elsey said of Baylor's shooting slump. 'I hope this is the start of a good streak.'

Elsey finished with 13 points, including three treys, and was one of six Bears in double-figures.

The others were forward Terry Black [21], guard DeMarcus Minor [14], forward Greg Davis [11] and guards Wendell Greenleaf and Matt Sayman [10 each]. Baylor shot 46.9 percent from the field and hit on 8-23 three-pointers.

'You can't win if you give up 82 on the road,' Red Raider head Coach James Dickey said. 'We're not playing H-O-R-S-E. We have to guard somebody.'

Guard Jamal Brown led Tech with 19 points and forward Jayson Mitchell finished with 12 points and 10 boards. Center Andy Ellis, however, was limited to 11 points, five below his season average.

'That was all Greg [Davis],' Black said. 'He did a great job on Ellis. He pretty much did it all for us out there.'

Baylor returns to the court at 7:30 tonight for a continuation of the rivalry against Texas A&M University at G. Rollie White Coliseum in College Station. Losers of nine straight, the Aggies are 6-15 overall and 0-9 in league play. Guard Bernard King leads the team with an average of 18.2 points per game.