March 15, 2012
#9/10  BAYLOR 68,  SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 60
THE PIT/BOB KING COURT ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
MARCH 15, 2012 ATTENDANCE: TBA
Baylor advances to Saturday's Round of 32 matchup against the UNLV-Colorado winner.
Baylor wins its first NCAA Championship game since 2010 and is now 7-8 all-time in seven tournament appearances.
Baylor advances to the NCAA Championship Round of 32 for the second time in three years (also in 2010) and just second time since the championship expanded past 32 teams in 1979 (three regional semifinals appearances prior to 1979's expansion).
Baylor has won four of its last five NCAA Championship games dating to 2010.
Baylor is now 4-2 under head coach Scott Drew in NCAA Championship play (2008, 2010, 2012).
Baylor is now 14-6 over the last four years in postseason tournaments (Big 12, NCAA/NIT).
Quincy Acy tied the school record with his fifth game played in NCAA Championship action.
With today's win, Baylor matches its school record of 28 wins, the initial mark was set in 2009-10 by the Elite Eight squad that finished 28-8.
SERIES: Baylor won the initial meeting vs. SDSU & is now 1-0 all-time in the series / Baylor is now 9-4 all-time vs. current members of the Summitt League.
Baylor is now 14-4 this season in games played away from home.
Baylor outshot SDSU from the field 44.2%-42.0%, the Bears are now 23-1 this season when shooting higher than opponent.
Baylor outrebounded SDSU 35-23, BU is now 21-3 this season when outrebounding its opponent.
Baylor is now 24-1 this season when leading or tied at the half.
Baylor extended its 3-pointer streak to 654 games (second-longest active streak in Big 12) - dating to Feb. 21, 1990.
A.J. Walton finished with a career-high tying seven rebounds.
Walton had 3 assists tonight and moved into eighth place on Baylor's career list with 312.
Walton had 1 steal tonight and moved into third place on Baylor's career list with 158.
In the 2012 postseason (3 Big 12 Championship & 1 NCAA Championship games), Brady Heslip has averaged 14.5 points and hit 15-of-31 3-pointers.
With five 3-pointers tonight, Heslip moves to fifth on Baylor's single-season chart with 89.
Perry Jones III totaled a game-high 11 rebounds, his fifth double-figure rebounding effort in the last six contests.
Pierre Jackson finished with a game-high 18 points and has scored in double-figures in five straight games.
Senior Anthony Jones scored 11 points, his first double-digit scoring effort over the last five games (4 GP).
Deuce Bello had a career-high tying 2 steals.
Quincy Acy increased his school record for games played to 137 contests.