“Bottom line, Baylor’s better than we are,” TCU head coach Trent Johnson said. “There are a lot of teams that are better than we are.”
Anderson scored 18 first-half points for the Frogs (9-14, 0-11 Big 12), but it ultimately wasn’t enough. The Fort Worth native averages a team-high 15.7 points and 4.9 assists per game this season,
“[Kyan Anderson] needs help,” Johnson said. “Very, very disappointing to me.”
Despite the big game, Anderson maintained his humility during the postgame press conference, which Johnson applauded.
“I could’ve done more to come out with the win,” Anderson said. “It starts with me.”
The Bears (15-9, 3-8 Big 12) hit a season-high 16 three-pointers, shot 53.4 percent from the field and never trailed. Baylor also beat TCU 88-62 in Waco, Texas, earlier this season.
“I wasn’t pleased with the effort,” Johnson said.
Bears guard Brady Heslip scored a team-high 24 points for the Bears in the win, hitting a season-high eight three-pointers.
“When teams play zone [defense], you’re going to get more open looks,” Heslip said.
TCU has now lost 11 games in a row. They were outrebounded once again tonight, getting manhandled in battle of the boards 45-18.
“Guys really made a concerted effort [rebounding],” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said.
Bears center Isaiah Austin added 14 points, dished out five assists and grabbed four rebounds in the win. He averages 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Bears this season.
“We just try to hit first every possession,” Austin said. “That’s what we do.”
Baylor jumped out to an early 8-0 lead after consecutive three-pointers and an Austin jumper. The seven-footer from Arlington, Texas, had 14 points at halftime.
“Isaiah was like Vlade Divac out there,” Heslip said.
After Austin hit his second three-pointer of the night, the Frogs trailed 21-6 with 13:42 left in the half. Baylor made 8-of-11 shot attempts during that stretch.
Junior forward Amric Fields scored 10 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for the Frogs in the loss.
Midway through the half, TCU was down by 14 and had four rebounds.
Anderson hit a three-pointer with 6:17 remaining to cut the Bears’ lead to 10. He became the 32nd player in school history to reach 1,000 career points over the weekend.
The Frogs brought the deficit down to eight points after a three-pointer from freshman guard Hudson Price, but the Bears responded with a three-pointer of their own.
Austin threw an alley-oop dunk to forward Cory Jefferson to kick off the second half. Jefferson scored eight points total Wednesday night.
With 16 minutes left in the game, Heslip hit his fifth three-pointer of the night on a fastbreak to put the Bears up by 18.
Anderson quickly responded with a three-pointer of his own on the ensuing possession.
Up by 13 with a little under 10 minutes left in the game, the Bears hit their twelfth three-pointer of the night to make it 71-55 Baylor. This would be the first of six straight from behind the arc for the Bears.
Heslip then capitalized on a TCU miss by hitting another fastbreak three-pointer to put the Bears up 19.
With 6:16 remaining, Heslip hit his seventh three-pointer. He would hit his eighth of the night only a few possessions later to make it 83-55 Baylor.
“Once he hits two or three, we know the next six are going in,” Austin said.
The Bears finished the game on a 23-3 run, winning 91-55.
“It was a great day for us,” Austin said.
All three of TCU’s points in the last 10:40 of the game came on free throws.