Lomers has tough finale with fouls

March, 28, 2010
HOUSTON -- Senior center Josh Lomers saved Baylor against Old Dominion and made himself a force with 16 rebounds in the past two games. The Bears could have used his 7-foot frame more in Sunday's South Region finale, but Baylor's big man was saddled with fouls and played just nine minutes. He managed a single rebound before fouling out with more than 8:10 left in the game.

Lomers' Duke counterpart, 7-footer Brian Zoubek finished with nine rebounds, with four coming on the offensive end, plus five points and a pair of assists.

Duke dominated the backboards, 43-37, clutching 23 offensive rebounds that led to 23 second-chance points. The killer was an offensive board by Lance Thomas off Nolan Smith's missed free throw with 3:36 to go. His first made three throw tied the game at 61-61. Thomas got the rebound, kicked it back out to Smith, who buried a 3-pointer for a 64-61 lead that Duke would never relinquish.

"It was horrible you know, but I had faith in my team," Lomers said. "They are all good players and they can do what they need to do. As much as I hated it I had faith in my team."



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