Bears Defeat Nebraska

Behind a dominant inside game, great rebounding, and a lot of free throws, the Bears defeat Nebraska to keep their season alive. 1284805

The first half was ugly. The only thing that was common was the whistles from refs. That was the sound of the first half for both team, with Baylor and Nebraska having major players riding the bench with foul trouble.

Both teams shot terribly in the first half, making a combined 13 shots from the field while getting whistled for 23 fouls. The Bears went to halftime with a 29-16 lead due to their 14-4 advantage on made free throws.

Baylor started the game going inside and attacking the Cornhuskers repeatedly down low. Cory Jefferson had the Bears first 5 points to get them off to a 5-2 lead. Nebraska would make their first shot of the game, a driving layup by sophomore Shavon Shields, but would not convert another field goal until 9.5 minutes had gone by. At that point, they were trailing 12-5.

In the second half, both offenses came alive, with Baylor outscoring Nebraska 45-44. The Bears would lead by as many as 22 points, and never trail in the game. The Bears had four players score in double figures, led by 16 from Jefferson and 13 points from Isaiah Austin.

With a 37-25 rebounding edge, a 10-2 2nd chance point lead, and a 28 point advantage on free throws made, the Bears extended the lead the entire second half until a late run by Nebraska got the lead down to 9 several times. However, as they had all game, the Bears stepped up to the free throw line and knocked them down to keep the lead safe and advance to the third round of the NCAA tournament.

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