Friday, March 17, 2017
Baylor Men's Basketball Advances to NCAA Second Round
After back-to-back years of falling in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Baylor men's basketball team defeated New Mexico State 91-73 and advances to the second round! The Bears started off slowly and gave NMSU numerous chances to hold the game's lead. Baylor played well offensively in the first half, but NMSU dropped 3's like it was nobody's business. They couldn't miss! If the Aggies continued to make every 3, the Bears would be in dangerous territory. However, Baylor stepped up their game and kept the game close at halftime, 38-40. The Bears shot 55.2% of first half field goals and 60% of their 3's. When F Johnathan Motley was benched in the first half due to early foul trouble, coach Drew made lineup adjustments and added G Al Freeman and F Terry Maston to the rounds. In the second half, however, they kept the shooting up and made 59.4% and 33.3%, respectively. Al Freeman had the game of his career with 21 points and Maston joined him with 19 points. The Baylor bench contributed greatly to the outcome of the game and allowed the starters chance to breathe. A handful of blocks from F Jo Lual-Acuil and a couple dunks later, the Bears were on a 32-6 run to give them the game. The Bears worked tirelessly to come back from a mediocre first half and showed the nation how competitive they can be. They will face USC on Sunday and fight for a chance to play in the Sweet Sixteen.