When the final buzzer sounded in the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, the face of relief could be seen on Baylor Bears head coach Scott Drew. His team had just defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers after committing 21 turnovers and getting zero points from his two seven foot centers. More importantly, the Baylor Bears won a true conference road game since February of 2004 when they defeated the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station, Texas.
Henry Dugat led the scoring for a Baylor team which remains undefeated in conference play at 3-0, and moves their record to 15-2 overall. Dugat hit 3 out of 6 from three point land on the night, and also hit big free throws in the final 2 minutes of play to finish with 19 points. Junior forward Kevin Rogers recorded his fifth double double of the season notching 13 points and 14 rebounds in 32 minutes of action, all the while staying out of foul trouble which has been a point of emphasis for the talented junior in conference play.
It was a night that witnessed 21 turnovers by the Bears, 17 coming from highly touted Baylor guards. However, the Baylor squad overcame sloppy ball-handling by hitting the glass and pulling down more rebounds than the Huskers, 40-32. In addition to outrebounding their opponent, the Baylor Bears also hit 20 of 26 free throws, while Nebraska continued their poor performance from the charity stripe hitting 21 of 34 (61.8%).
The Baylor Bears caught fire early, building a 10 point lead in the first half, but the Bears failed to capitalize on their quick start, and saw a 10 point lead turn into a 5 point deficit at halftime. At times, it appeared that Husker Center Aleks Maric was ready to take the game over with his presence inside. Maric led all scorers with 21 points, including 9 of 11 from the free throw line. But the Bears' big men clamped down on Maric, allowing him to hit only 6 of 18 from the field. Husker guard, Steve Harley, scored a career high 15 points, going 6 of 11 from the field, including 2 for 2 from beyond the arc.
The second half of the game saw both teams go on runs, none bigger than the Bears' 9-0 run capped by Baylor's Aaron Bruce's runner near the 5 minute mark to give the Bears a 58-54 edge.
The Bears pushed the lead to 5 points with just seconds remaining, and Husker guard Sek Henry hit a three pointer as time expired, as the Bears closed out the victory, 72-70.
The Huskers fall to 11-5, 0-3, while the Baylor Bears move to 15-2, 3-0 on the season.
The Baylor Bears next face the Texas A&M Aggies on the road on Wednesday night in College Station, Texas.
Baylor 15-2; 3-0 in Big 12
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