TCU Takes Down Baylor, 92-81
Dec 29, 2001
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
FORT WORTH, Texas - Corey Santee scored 32 points and Bingo Merriex made his only three field goals when it counted as TCU beat Baylor 92-81 Saturday night in a battle of former Southwest Conference rivals.
Santee's 3-pointer with 6:54 left tied the game at 74. About two minutes later, Merriex had consecutive inside baskets - the first a putback of a Santee miss - to push the Horned Frogs (10-4) ahead 80-75.
TCU closed the game with a 18-7 run after the game was tied for the last time. The Frogs led 87-79 when Merriex hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2:14 left.
John Lucas, one of three impressive freshman for Baylor (9-3), led the Bears with 21 points, but had 15 of those before halftime. Wendell Greenleaf had 16 points, Matt Sayman 15 and Greg Davis 14.
It was the 150th win at TCU for eighth-year coach Billy Tubbs, who has already said he will leave the school after this season. Tubbs has 589 career wins, 12th among active coaches and 82 more than Baylor coach Dave Bliss.
The lead changed 13 times in the second half, the last coming when James Davis made two free throws with 5:48 left to break the last tie.
Colin Boddicker, one of four unexpected starters for TCU, scored 10 points and had 12 rebounds.
Tubbs changed his starting lineup, starting mostly reserves that made up a team that beat the starters in an intrasquad scrimmage Thursday. Aside from Boddicker, the other four starters Saturday night had just 10 points and four rebounds.
Santee came off the bench and played 36 minutes - including the entire
second half when the freshman scored 20 points. He was 13-of-20 shooting,
including six 3-pointers, and also had 10 assists.
Marlon Dumont had 19 points and 10 rebounds for TCU, which shot 54 percent (36-of-67). Merriex finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.
Santee also scored 10 points in a three-minute span of the first half, including two 3-pointers in a 12-0 run. The Frogs led 25-14 after Dumont's inside basket.
Baylor went ahead 38-34 on Greg Davis' field goal with three minutes left that ended a 15-2 run. Lucas had seven points in that run, including a driving layup that started it.
The Bears led 45-44 at halftime after Sayman's inside basket with 2.6 seconds left.
Baylor and TCU hadn't played since 1997.