‘Everyday Jon’ back for No. 11 Baylor in win over Texas Tech


WACO, Texas (AP) — Jalen Bridges had 18 points with eight rebounds, big man Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua played for the first time since a gruesome knee injury last season and 11th-ranked Baylor beat Texas Tech 89-62 on Saturday.

Bridges scored 16 of his points in the second half, including two three-point plays and another layup in an early 14-2 run run that extended Baylor’s lead to 14 points. He added a 3-pointer soon after that.

Freshman Keyonte George scored 17 points for the Bears (17-6, 6-4 Big 12). Adam Flagler had 13 points and eight assists.

De’Vion Harmon had 20 points and Jaylon Tyson had 19 for Texas Tech (12-11, 1-9).

Tchamwa Tchatchoua, the 6-foot-8 senior known as “Everyday Jon” for his constant high-energy approach in games and practices, got a raucous standing ovation when he went to the scorer’s table to check in with 13:05 left in the first half.

It was his first time in a game since Feb. 12, 2023 — exactly 51 weeks earlier — when the Cameroon-born player tore multiple ligaments in his left knee in a non-contact injury during a home game against Texas. He finished with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting and four rebounds in 14 minutes.

After two rebounds in his first three minutes of action, he returned later in the first half and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Another 3-pointer by Tchamwa Tchatchoua came during an 11-0 run by Baylor in the second half that Bridges capped with a 3-pointer for a 70-45 lead.


Texas Tech: The Red Raiders didn’t have another big comeback in them, five days after matching the biggest comeback victory in Division I this season when they rallied from 23 down to beat No. 13 Iowa State in overtime at home for their first Big 12 victory. .

Baylor: The Bears are 79-22 against instate teams since the start of the 2011-12 season. … After four consecutive games shooting 37.1% or worst from the field, their worst stretch of the season, Baylor shot 53.8% (35 of 65). That included 10 3-pointers.


Baylor was already on the verge of returning to the top 10 in only three polls since a one-week absence that ended its streak of 65 consecutive poll appearances since the start of the 2019-20 season. The Bears lost 76-71 at No. 10 Texas earlier in the week, so they’re not likely to move up — but also may not move down much, if at all.


Texas Tech plays at Oklahoma State next Wednesday night.

Baylor hosts Oklahoma on Wednesday night. The Bears won 62-60 in Norman two weeks ago.


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