|Texas-Arlington's Cameron Catlett (25) makes a steal against Baylor guard Pierre Jackson (55) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)|
UTA can't duplicate effort, lose 75-65 at Baylor
WACO, Texas—Texas-Arlington was unable to have the same effort two nights in a row.
Then again, playing ninth-ranked Baylor was much different than facing North Texas.
Quincy Miller and Quincy Acy both had double-doubles for Baylor in a 75-65 victory on Wednesday night, when both teams played for the second time in as many nights.
"I was hoping our guys would be a little more aggressive rebounding. Baylor, they have length, they have athleticism. On top of that, they do a good job of blocking out and they do a great job of going and getting it," Texas-Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "That was one area I was hoping we would end up doing a little bit better. Unfortunately, we didn't. We're facing a very athletic and long team that's very talented and well-coached."
The Mavericks won 97-64 over North Texas on Tuesday night in a game in which they had a 32-0 run. They weren't able to put together any big spurts like that against a bigger Baylor team.
Texas-Arlington (3-1) was outrebounded 49-33 and Baylor also had a 21-10 advantage in second-chance points.
"I feel like we have a lot of offensive weapons. Unfortunately, tonight we didn't play with the energy and enthusiasm that we had last night," Cross said. "It was unbelievable last night, the energy and intensity that we had. ... You go against one of the best zones in the country, that can stymie you a little bit."
Miller, the freshman, had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and senior Acy had 10 points and 11 rebounds with six blocked shots. They were among five players scoring in double figures for Baylor (5-0), which won its second home game in less than 24 hours.
It was the first career double-double for Miller, who had been the leading scorer for the Bears in each of their first three games before being held to only five points in 70-50 victory over South Carolina State the night before. Though Miller was only 3-of-9 shooting, he made 11 of 12 free throws against the Mavericks.
"Last night I was disappointed in the way I played, so I just wanted to come out and give my best effort in this game, definitely," Miller said. "I was just getting to the line because they kept fouling me and fouling me."
Pierre Jackson added 16 points for the Bears, while Brady Heslip had 12 points on four 3-pointers and Cory Jefferson scored 10 points with seven blocks.
LaMarcus Reed III had 21 points with four 3-pointers to lead Texas-Arlington. Bo Ingram had 14 points.
Heslip hit a 3-pointer from the right side off an inbounds pass from A.J. Walton with about 12 minutes left, then soon after that Miller made a pass to Acy for a one-handed slam and a 55-39 lead.
Texas-Arlington was averaging 48 rebounds a game before getting outdone by Baylor.
"It sounds like a broken record. We keep getting outrebounded and there's no excuse for that," Acy said. "We really focused on that tonight, and took it personal as far as boxing people out and going to get rebounds."
Playing again so quickly probably had an effect on the ragged start for both teams.
Baylor missed its first eight shots before Heslip's 3-pointer made it 4-2 almost 4 minutes into the game. The Mavericks missed their first five shots before Ingram's long jumper on the next possession tied the game.
Texas-Arlington did get out to an 11-9 lead after Bradley Gay's fast-break layup. After Jackson's turnover with 12:49 left, Baylor coach Scott Drew reinserted four starters who were getting a breather on the bench.
The Bears then scored 14 consecutive points.
After Acy swatted away Cameron Catlett's shot, Heslip took the ball up the court and passed to Walton, who got the ball back to Acy in the lane. Acy drove to the right side of the basket for a short hook for a 13-11 lead with 11:47 left that put Baylor ahead to stay.
Baylor had stretched to lead to 23-11 before Reed made a 3-pointer with 8:15 left, when he fell down in front of the Baylor bench on the right side after letting go of the shot. That was the first of a pair of 3-pointers and another long jumper for Reed in a span of only 66 seconds to cut the gap to 25-19.