Baylor's Johnathan Motley Used Past Losses As Motivation

Johnathan Motley explained how Baylor's early exits from the program's last two NCAA Tournaments motivated the team. The Bears handed New Mexico State a 91-73 loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Baylor's All-American forward didn't want to end his NCAA tournament in upset fashion once again. After two straight first round exits to double-digit seeds, the Bears advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014.  Motley, limited to just 9-minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, ended the game with 15 points and 10 rebounds in just 29 minutes.  It was Motley's 14th double-double of the season, the most in the Big 12 this year. 

"No one wants to leave the tournament early," said 6-10 junior forward. 

"Our ultimate goal was to come and just win it, so we want to take every game for what it is and make sure we play desperate, play hard the whole time. Because after this, you lose, you go home. We knew one team was going home today, and we made sure it wasn't us."

The Bears will take on the 11th seeded USC Trojans who upset the 6th seeded SMU Mustangs Friday afternoon.  

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