WACO, Texas – With the shot clock winding down in overtime and a defender in his face, Baylor guard MaCio Teague quickly stepped back behind the line and hit a 3-pointer.
“That was crazy, saved the day like Superman," Bears guard Jared Butler said.
Teague made that big shot with 1:13 left in overtime, and Butler made two free throws after his steal with 11 seconds left as the No. 4 Bears held on for a 71-68 win over Texas Tech on Monday night that kept them in contention for their first Big 12 title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
After Teague's 3 made it 69-65, Kyler Edwards hit a 3 for Texas Tech to cut the lead to one. The Red Raiders then had a chance to take the lead after Freddie Gillespie missed inside. But short-handed Baylor (26-3, 15-2 Big 12) was able to seal the win after Butler's steal when Chris Clarke tried to make a pass inside over the Baylor guard, who was quickly fouled.
Devonte Bandoo had 18 points and Butler 17 for the Bears, who had lost two of their previous three games after a Big 12-record 23-game winning streak that had knocked them out of the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 poll. Teague had 14 points, five in overtime, and Freddie Gillespie grabbed 10 rebounds.
“It was tough losing to TCU (on Saturday). ... Guys are banged up and it was a quick turnaround,” Butler said. “It just takes the will to win, and commitment. There’s nothing you can draw up for this win. It’s just the will to win and that’s what you saw.”
Davide Moretti was tightly defended by Davion Mitchell, despite his four fouls, when he took a wild 3-pointer at the end that wasn't close for Texas Tech (18-12, 9-8).
“I thought our all of our players played with a lot of courage and really wanted to win tonight, gave ourselves a chance to win,” Tech coach Chris Beard said. “And certainly with our turnovers, I thought a lot of those came late, just pressing plays."