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Feb. 22, 2001

Longhorns sweep series, win 69-59


Sports writer

The Baylor men's basketball team couldn't hold the lead in the late stages of Wednesday night's game, losing by a final score of 69-59 to the University of Texas at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

The Bears fell to 16-8 overall and 5-8 in the Big 12 Conference, while UT upped its record to 20-7 overall and 9-4 in the conference.

Although the Longhorns did win by 10, the final score doesn't indicate how evenly played the game truly was.

The contest featured seven ties and six lead changes (all in the second half) before Texas finally put it away at the charity stripe. The Longhorns went to the line a staggering 32 times in the second half (making 24) after visiting the stripe just twice in the first 20 minutes. The Bears were whistled for 21 fouls in the second frame.

'If we had been using our heads we wouldn't have been in foul trouble,' Baylor forward Logan Kosmalski said. 'We didn't make plays.'

The Bears had opportunities though. With 13:58 left in the game, guard Matt Sayman hit three free throws to give Baylor its first lead, 40-38. The Bears had their largest lead 90 seconds later, after guard Wendell Greenleaf and Sayman hit treys on consecutive possessions to make it 46-40. That's when Texas made its run.

The Horns went on a 10-2 spurt, capped by forward Maurice Evans' free throw that made it 50-48 UT with 6:44 left. Kosmalski answered with a three-pointer on the next possession, but the damage had been done.

Baylor forward Greg Davis hit two free throws to put the Bears up 53-52 with 5:52 to go, but the Bears never held the lead again.

'We had our opportunities,' Baylor head Coach Dave Bliss said. 'We let the lead slip away. Right now, we aren't able to take advantage of those opportunities.'

Guard DeMarcus Minor scored 14 points and Kosmalski added 12 to lead Baylor. Forward Terry Black finished with just seven points and none of the dunks that usually bring the crowd to life.

'That was one of our goals coming in, not allowing him to dunk,' Texas head Coach Rick Barnes said. 'We needed to take away those plays.'

Texas also succeeded in getting into Baylor's bench, as starting center Steven Othoro and starting forward Greg Davis both fouled out.

'We wanted to go inside,' Barnes said. 'We tried to get them in foul trouble.'

As a result, Baylor is left for the second time this year to wonder what might have been in a close game against Texas.

'We had the lead,' Minor said. 'We feel like we should have won.'