Seniors Help Extend Bears Winning Streak to Four

Waco, TX - The Baylor Bears have five games remaining in the regular season and each one is critical for the Bears postseason hopes.

They took a huge step on Monday night in Austin beating a Texas team that is in the same position.

The Bears were led by a pair of seniors in T.J. Maston and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. who combined for 40 points and 17 rebounds.

Maston who was assessed a technical foul earlier in the game, and he said that motivated him to will his team to a win.

"It gave us a little spark," he said. "I didn't want to go into overtime, but it did light a fire under us, and definite me knowing that I had to come back and help my team in any possible way I could. Luckily I got hot, and I did so."

Acuil Jr. got the game-winning put-back but knew they wouldn't be in that position without the effort of his fellow senior in the front-court.

"When somebody's hot we always go back to them until they stop him," he said. "I mean TJ played phenomenal. 12 for 17 he pretty much carried us down the stretch.

Not only did the upperclassmen play big role in Monday's game, but Coach Scott Drew credits them with getting this team ready to play after a big win on Saturday against Kansas.

"I've got to give the upper class a lot of credit, because you have a big win on Saturday there's a little let down," Drew said. "Everybody's telling you, great win, great job. You're fatigued, you're a little tired, and the upper classman did a good job, making sure were hungry, we were focused, because we knew they were going to be very competetive."

The Bears are now tied with Oklahoma at 6-7, good enough for 5th in the Big 12 Conference.


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