A.J. Abrams scored 19 points while matching the Big 12 career record for 3-pointers and No. 11 Texas won its 23rd consecutive game against Baylor, 78-72 on Tuesday night.
After LaceDarius Dunn hit two free throws to get Baylor within a basket, Abrams dribbled inside the 3-pointer line with just under a minute to play and hit a jumper.
The Longhorns (15-4, 4-1 Big 12) are 23-0 against Baylor in their 11 seasons under coach Rick Barnes. Baylor (15-5, 3-3) last win in the series came in 1998.
Abrams matched the Big 12 record with his 338th career 3-pointer, his third of the game coming only 14:35 into the game. He didn’t make another one, leaving him tied with Jeff Boschee, who played at Kansas from 1999-2002.
The game was tied 13 times, but the 13th and final lead change came when Gary Johnson was credited with a basket when Kevin Rogers was called for goaltending with 4:20 left to make it 64-62. Dogus Balbay had a breakaway layup on the next possession after a Baylor miss.
Following his last basket, Abrams fouled Tweety Carter on a 3-pointer shot. But Carter missed all three free throws.
Curtis Jerrells, who is from Austin, led Baylor with 14 points in his 100th career start. He is only the third 100-game starter in Bears history, starting every game.
Rogers added 13 points and 12 rebounds. Dunn had 12 points and Quincy Acy 11.
Damion James, coming off a 28-point game against Texas A&M on Saturday, had 14 points despite shooting 6-for-20. James missed his first seven shots, but had 12 rebounds.
When James finally scored with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the first half, that tied the game at 21. Less than a minute later, after Dunn made a free throw, James made a tough 12-foot jumper in traffic to put Texas up the rest of the half.
Johnson’s basket opened the second-half scoring and put Texas up 29-24. The Longhorns then were scoreless for more than 3 minutes and Baylor built its biggest lead of the game.
The Longhorns had a 24-second span when they had three turnovers, only one fewer than they had in the first half. That came during a 10-0 run that pushed Baylor ahead. (Texas finished with only 10 turnovers).
A steal by Jerrells led to a slam dunk by Acy, who was fouled and added the free throw. Carter then stole the ball from Abrams, his second turnover in a matter of seconds. Carter missed his breakaway jumper, but Acy’s had a putback dunk.
Carter added a 3-pointer on the next possession for a 33-29 Bears lead, and Rogers’ free throw after that provided their biggest advantage.
Abrams’ second 3-pointer gave Texas its largest lead of the first half at 14-9, but Baylor responded with a 3-pointer by Dunn and a steal and breakaway layup by Henry Dugat to get back even.
Abrams is already the Texas career leader for 3-pointers made and attempted (850). Travis Mays is second on the Longhorns list with 246 made 3-pointers from 1987-90.
With 120 3-pointers in 2006-07 and 118 last year, Abrams has the top two single-season marks in conference history. He has 54 this season. Missouri’s Clarence Gilbert also had 118 in 2001-02.