Charleston, SC (Sports Network) - Eight months later, a different tournament
and a different result.
Baylor beat Colorado in the NCAA Tournament last March, but Askia Booker and
Spencer Dinwiddie made sure the Buffaloes gained a small measure of revenge
with a 60-58 victory over the 16th-ranked Bears in Friday's semifinals of
the Charleston Classic.
Booker scored 16 of his 19 points in the first half to help Colorado build a
lead and Dinwiddie made some big plays down the stretch on his way to 11
points, as the Buffs (3-0) withstood some awful free throw shooting to advance
to Sunday's championship game against either Murray State or St. John's.
Pierre Jackson hit two from the line with 19.8 seconds left to pull Baylor
within 59-58 and Booker made only the first of a 1-and-1 chance at the other
end to give the Bears a chance for the win or tie.
A.J. Walton drove to the basket, but was unable to convert a contested layup
and Andre Roberson came up with the rebound with four seconds remaining.
Roberson missed two from the line, but the rebound on the second miss was
batted around and Baylor was given possession out of bounds with exactly one
In a play remarkably similar to Christian Laettner's winning shot for Duke in
the 1992 NCAA Tournament against Kentucky, the long inbound pass from under
the basket was caught at the opposing foul line by Isaiah Austin. But unlike
Laettner, Austin's turnaround jumper bounced off the rim as time expired.
Cory Jefferson led Baylor (3-1) with 17 points and Jackson, after a 31-point
effort in the Bears' win Thursday against Boston College, managed only 12.
Baylor earned an 80-63 win over the Buffaloes in last year's NCAA Tournament
to advance to the Sweet 16. Brady Heslip hit nine threes in that contest, but
on Friday he was just 1-of-5 from beyond the arc and finished with seven
Heslip opened the game with a bucket, but was held scoreless for the rest of a
tight first half. Baylor opened a 14-9 lead and held a 22-17 edge with just
over eight minutes left after a Jackson triple.
Colorado, though, kept it close and scored the final eight points of the half
to grab a 35-30 advantage at the break. Booker hit a trey and another jumper
in the final minute.
The Bears started the second half with a 7-2 run to tie the game, and it
remained close for the remainder of the contest.
Heslip's jumper pulled Baylor within 52-51 with just under six minutes left
and the Bears had a chance for the lead on their next trip. Dinwiddie,
however, forced a turnover then hit a long three. He added another bucket on
Colorado's next possession for a 57-51 advantage with just over four minutes
Baylor trimmed the deficit to three before a Dinwiddie driving layup made it
59-54. Jackson answered with a quick basket, then missed from beyond the arc
with a chance to tie for Baylor after Roberson had missed the front end of a
Only Colorado's dismal effort from the stripe kept Baylor in it. The Buffs
were 4-of-18 overall and twice failed on the front end of 1-and-1's in the
Jefferson was perfect on seven field goal attempts for Baylor and grabbed nine
rebounds in defeat. The remaining Baylor starters were a combined 10-of-38
from the floor, including Jackson's 3-for-11 effort ... Austin finished with
eight points and 10 boards ... Jackson scored in double figures for the 12th
straight game ... Roberson finished with seven points and 12 rebounds ... The
Buffs, who left the Big 12 for the Pac-12 after the 2010-11 season, own a
16-10 all-time mark against the Bears.
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