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MBB Advances, Takes Down Nebraska, 74-60

March 22, 2014
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Cory Jeffersonscored 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.

The Bears (25-11) kept up a two-month tear and will play either No. 3 seed Creighton or No. 14 seed Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday. Baylor has 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.

As Miles walked toward the tunnel, he drew a standing ovation from a Texas crowd splashed with a healthy swath of Big Red. It was a big day for the state of Nebraska at the AT&T Center: Creighton's game was next up, and fans shed red shirts at the buzzer to reveal Bluejay blue underneath.

Isaiah Austin scored 13 points and Brady Heslip added 12 points for Baylor. The Bears didn't outshoot the Cornhuskers but got to the free throw line three times as often - they made 38 of 48, compared to 10 of 16 for Nebraska.

Shavon Shields scored 16 points and Ray Gallegos had 15 for the Cornhuskers.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Baylor held Nebraska to 16 points in the first half, the lowest of any Baylor opponent this season and fewest by BU opponent since Bears led Texas Tech 40-15 at the half on 2/27/12.
• Baylor tied its NCAA Tournament high with 20 FT attempts in the first half and finished with 48 attempts to set a new game-high for the Bears in the NCAA tournament.
• Baylor had three players reach double-digit scoring for the fifth straight game.
• Sophomore forward Isaiah Austin scored 13 points (all in 2nd half) to record his 23rd-double digit scoring effort of the season and the 50th of his career.
• Senior forward Cory Jefferson (16 points) recorded his 27th-double figure scoring effort of the season and the 57th of his career.
• Sophomore forward Rico Gathers (11 points) reached double figures in scoring for the 9th time this season and 14th time in his career.
Brady Heslip set a Baylor NCAA tournament record in free throws made and attempted, going 10-of-10 from the FT line.
• Austin had a career high 10 free-throw attempts and a career high 8 free throws made.
Royce O'Neale (10 rebounds) has posted double-digit rebounds in 6 of his last 8 games after not doing so in any of his previous 28 games at Baylor.

STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor out-rebounded Nebraska, 37-25.


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