WACO, Texas — MaCio Teague scored 19 points with five 3-pointers and No. 1 Baylor set a program record with its 18th win in a row, 68-52 over TCU on Saturday.
Teague made consecutive 3-pointers in a 36-second span to cap a 14-0 run in the first half that put the Bears (19-1, 8-0 Big 12) ahead to stay. He hit two more 3s early in the second half before TCU made a run.
Desmond Bane, the Big 12’s second-leading scorer at 16.5 points per game, scored all 14 of his points after halftime. During a 13-2 run by the Horned Frogs (13-8, 4-4), Bane scored six in a row before a dunk by PJ Fuller got them within six at 51-45 with 8 1/2 minutes left. That was the closest they would get.
Baylor guard Jared Butler, who was the league’s fourth-leading scorer at 15.4 ppg, missed his first six shots and was scoreless before the break. He finished with 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Freddie Gillespie added 12 points and 11 rebounds, his eighth double-double for Baylor this season. He also had six blocked shots.
TCU’s Edric Dennis was hearing “air ball!” chants every time he touched the ball after missing the rim from long range on his first shot about 2 1/2 minutes into the game. He heard it again after Gillespie swatted away his shot with 10:15 left in the half, but just more than a minute later, Dennis swished a 3 from the left corner to tie the game at 15.
After Kevin Samuel’s putback dunk made it 17-all, TCU missed its next nine shots until he scored again more than six minutes later.
TCU: The Horned Frogs have lost five of six games since their first-ever 3-0 start in Big 12 play. After the scoreless first half, Bane finished 5 of 14 from the field and ended up being the only TCU player to score in double figures.
Baylor: On the school’s 175th birthday, the Bears broke a tie for their longest winning streak. They started 17-0 during the 2011-12 season. The 19-1 record matched the best start in school history. … This is Baylor’s best conference start since being 10-0 in the Southwest Conference in 1948.
The Bears are set for a third week in a row in the top spot when the new poll comes out Monday. They were No. 1 for only a week the only other season they got there, three years ago.
TCU plays on the road for the fifth time in seven games, Wednesday night at Oklahoma State.
Baylor is at Kansas State on Monday night.