Duke ends Baylor's Magical Run

With a Final 4 birth on the line, the Baylor Bears met up with the Duke Blue Devils at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas Sunday afternoon.

Once again playing in front of a huge contingent of Baylor fans in Houston, the Bears had the chance to make history. But instead of making it back to the Final 4 for the first time in the modern era, Baylor was stopped by a stingy Duke Blue Devils team 78-71.

The game was much closer than the score indicates, with the teams trading the lead several times throughout the second half until the last few minutes.

The game changed when the Bears seemed unable to grab a defensive rebound. Credit has to be given to Duke for hitting the boards hard and giving themselves plenty of opportunities, many of which resulted in huge 3 point makes.

Despite playing exceptional defense on Duke star Kyle Singler, holding him to 5 points on 0 of 10 shooting, Baylor was never able to capitalize. The main reason was the play of Nolan Smith, who tallied a huge 29 points for Duke.

The pressure applied by Duke bothered Baylor sharp-shooters Lacedarius Dunn and Tweety Carter all afternoon, as they were rarely able to get off a clean look from outside, only making 4 three pointers on 15 attempts.

The Bears had a magical run to the Elite 8, the first for Baylor in the modern era, but the season ends today. This game also marks the end of the career for two great Baylor seniors - Josh Lomers and Tweety Carter. Despite the loss, Baylor fans everywhere are appreciative of the effort of those 2 seniors and the rest of the Baylor team for a great season.

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