Baylor Advances To Round of 32

The #3 Baylor Bears punched their ticket to the Round of 32 by defeating the #14 seed Sam Houston State Bearkats, 68-59. The Bears will face Old Dominion on Saturday for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16.

It certainly wasn't easy. But it is rare that getting a victory in the NCAA Tournament is ever easy. Riding the hot hand of junior forward Ekpe Udoh, the Bears got their first tournament victory in 60 years by beating the SHSU Bearkats, 68-59.

Udoh, who played 38 minutes of the contest, scored 20 points for the game on 9 of 16 shooting from the floor. He led all Baylor players in points and in rebounds recording yet another double double by pulling down 13 boards. While the Bearkats played a triangle and 2 defense against the Bears, Udoh was often left open at the top of he key. He took advantage of the opportunity by either passing to open teammates or sinking 15 foot jump shots.

Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn, in foul trouble most of the game, only scored 13 points for the game. Howver, Dunn hit all 4 of his free thros down the stretch for Baylor leading them to victory.

The Bearkats were led by forward Gilberto Clavell who scored a game-high 23 points, and by forward Preston Brown who contributed 13 points in the losing effort.

The Bears next face #11 seed Old Dominion who upset #6 seed Notre Dame.

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