After hitting the first of two free throws with 24 seconds to play, Gary Johnson stepped off the line, raised his hand into the air flashed a “Hook ‘Em” sign to the sellout crowd at the Erwin Center — the Bears weren’t coming back to upset No. 3 Texas on Saturday.
He hit his second free throw, giving the Longhorns (22-3, 10-0 Big 12) a seven-point edge, and Cory Joseph added two more 11 seconds later to deliver them a 69-60 victory.
“We are proud of the way we are playing, but we can improve,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “We have to stay focused on our game.”
The Longhorns led by as many as 19 but Baylor (16-8, 6-5) played its way back into the game, getting within three late.
But Texas outrebounded and outshot the Bears to win its 10th consecutive game. It helped that the Longhorns took a whopping 37 free throws to Baylor’s eight.
“Texas was dominant,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said.
Jordan Hamilton and Tristan Thompson each scored 17 for Texas while Baylor’s LaceDarius Dunn led all scorers with 26.