Bears one win away from Final Four
HOUSTON -- The Baylor Bears' unprecedented journey has reached the Elite Eight with an absolute demolition of the Saint Mary's Gaels, 72-49, in a game that was all but over midway through the first half. The Bears, led by Tweety Carter and LaceDarius Dunn raced to a 46-17 halftime lead in what must be the most dazzling and dominant single half of this NCAA tournament.
The third-seeded Bears will face top-seeded Duke in the South Region final.
Dunn had 15 of his game-high 23 points in the first half and Carter had 12 of his 14 in the opening 20 minutes as they combined for five of the Bears' six 3-pointers by halftime.
Josh Lomers had a terrific game with six points and eight rebounds, while giving Saint Mary's big man Omar Sanham all he could handle from the start. Samhan, who scored 61 points on 75 percent shooting in the first two rounds, finished with 15 points, but he had just six in the first half on 1-of-8 shooting. He missed all of his seven shot attempts from in the paint.
The Bears also took away the Geals' 3-point shooting. With each Saint Mary's miss and each torried Baylor transition, the Bears played with confidence and never looked back after taking a 12-5 lead that ballooned to 29-11 and just got bigger.
One more win and the Bears are headed to Indianapolis.
"That was one of our better first halves for sure," Baylor coach Scott Drew said immediately after the win. "With this crowd we wanted to perform."
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