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Bears keep Nebraska winless in NCAA tournament play

Baylor builds lead, buries Huskers

Published: Saturday, March 22, 2014 12:06 a.m. CST
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(Eric Gay)
Baylor's Isaiah Austin (right) grabs a rebound over Nebraska's David Rivers (2) during their second-round NCAA Tournament game Friday in San Antonio. Baylor built a big early lead before cruising to a 74-60 victory.

Cory Jefferson scored 16 points and No. 6 seed Baylor kept 11th-seeded Nebraska winless in its NCAA tournament history with a 74-60 second-round victory Friday in San Antonio.

The Bears (25-11) have won 11 of 13 after a dismal start in the Big 12, recapturing the kind of momentum that vaulted the Bears to the Elite Eight in 2010 and 2012.

Terran Petteway scored 18 points for Nebraska (19-13), which fell to 0-7 in tournament history.

The Cornhuskers hadn’t played on this stage since 1998 and often looked like it. Frustration boiled over for Big Ten coach of the year Tim Miles, who was ejected with 11 minutes left after trying to point out a shot-clock malfunction to the officials.

Already saddled with one technical foul, Miles was kicked out automatically after being assessed his second tech for leaving the coaches box to try to get the officials’ attention.

Creighton 76, La.-Lafayette 66: Doug McDermott scored 30 points, and third-seeded Creighton got three huge 3-pointers in the second half from Ethan Wragge to win in San Antonio.

McDermott, fifth in NCAA history in career points, had a double-double by halftime, but went scoreless for nearly 14 minutes of the second half, leaving it to Wragge’s long shots to bail out the Bluejays from a potential upset by the Ragin’ Cajuns, who attacked Creighton (27-7) with fearless defense and rebounding.

Elfrid Payton scored 24 points for Sun Belt tournament champion Louisiana-Lafayette (23-12), which led 50-48 before Wragge struck from long range to turn the momentum.

Arizona 68, Weber St. 59: Nick Johnson scored 18 points, and Aaron Gordon added 16 as top-seeded Arizona overcame a shaky start and a late run by Weber State in San Diego.

Arizona (31-4) fell into an eight-point hole in the opening minutes to give the 16th-seeded Wildcats hope of a monumental upset.

The desert Wildcats tried to squash the dream quickly with two big second-half runs, but Weber State fought its way back from a 21-point deficit to make it close down the stretch.

Arizona blocked 12 shots, held Weber State to 30 percent shooting and made 55 percent of its shots. Davion Berry had 24 points to lead Weber State (19-12) in its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007.

Gonzaga 85, Oklahoma St. 77: Kevin Pangos scored 26 points, and Gary Bell Jr. added 17 for eighth-seeded Gonzaga, which beat Marcus Smart and ninth-seeded Oklahoma State in San Diego.

The refs called 61 fouls, and five players fouled out. Pangos made 12 of 14 free throws, most of them in the closing minutes for the Bulldogs (29-6) in their 16th straight NCAA tournament.

Smart had 23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and six steals for Oklahoma State (21-13). The Cowboys had won five of seven games coming in, a run that coincided with Smart’s returning from a three-game suspension for shoving a Texas Tech fan.

 

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