March 24, 2009
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Baylor 74 (23-14) - Auburn 72 (24-13)
Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum - Auburn, Ala.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
With tonight's win Baylor advances to the NIT final four in New York for the first time in school history.
Baylor has now won six of its last seven games (over an 18-day stretch), including five wins away from home.
Baylor's third postseason win of the season is the second-most in school history - behind 1947-48 squad that won 4 and lost in NCAA championship game to Kentucky.
Tonight's win was Baylor's 23rd of the season, the highest win total since the 1987-88 Bears finished 23-11.
Baylor is now 11-4 over the last 2 seasons in tournament play (8-2 this season).
With tonight's win, Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Auburn 4-2
Baylor is now 59-125 all-time vs. current members of the SEC (1-1 this season).
Baylor's senior trio of Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat and Kevin Rogers have now won 63 career games and become the winningest class in school history.
Baylor has won three straight nationally televised games (and 4 of last 5). BU is 9-8 on national TV this season.
Tonight's win was Scott Drew's 100th as a head coach. His career record now stands at 100-105 (20-11 Valpo, 80-94 BU).
Scott Drew is now 3-2 all-time as a head coach in postseason games (3-1 NIT, 0-1 NCAA).
Scott Drew is 2-3 as a head coach vs. SEC teams.
Scott Drew is now 10-1 this season vs. first-time opponents.
Baylor is now 19-2 this season when leading or tied at the half (37-36 tonight).
Baylor shot 50% from the field, its third straight game shooting 50% or higher (60.9% vs. Georgetown, 61.7% at Virginia Tech), marking the third such three-game streak this season - the first since December (Hartford, Portland State & Jackson State).
Baylor has broken several team records in 2008-09, below are some prominent categories with updated figures:
o Points: 2,826 (74 tonight)
o 3-Pointers Made: 299 (7 tonight)
o Free Throws Made: 579 (13 tonight)
The Bears are among the Top 5 in the following team statistical categories:
o Blocks: now 2nd with 142 (4 tonight)
o Rebounds: now 2nd with 1,275(39 tonight)
o Assists: now 5th with 458 (15 tonight)
o Steals: remain 3rd with 266 (6 tonight)
Baylor teams have made at least one 3-point field goal in 549 straight games.
Kevin Rogers registered a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double, his 8th of the season and 25th of his career (tied for 4th all-time at BU).
Curtis Jerrells finished with 16 points, extending an 11-game double-digit scoring streak.
Josh Lomers blocked 2 shots tonight, tying his season high.
THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS MOVED UP TODAY ON BAYLOR'S CAREER STAT LISTS:
Kevin Rogers -
o with 15 POINTS tonight has 1,345 career, moves into 8th-place tie all-time (passes former teammate Aaron Bruce 1,330).
o with a START tonight has 99 career, moves into 5th all-time (passes former teammate Aaron Bruce 98).
Henry Dugat -
o With 5 POINTS tonight has 1,227 career, moves to 12th all-time (passes Willie Sublett 1,223 and David Wesley 1,224).
THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS MOVED UP TODAY ON BAYLOR'S SINGLE-SEASON STAT LISTS:
Kevin Rogers -
o With 12 REBOUNDS tonight has 281 on the season, moves to 10th on single-season list.
Curtis Jerrells -
o With 16 POINTS tonight has 596 on the season, moves to 8th on the single-season list (passes current manager David Wesley).
o With 5 FREE THROWS made tonight has 157 on the season, moves to 5th on the single-season list.
o With 35 MINUTES tonight has 1,279 on the season, sets new school record for single-season.