March 24, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - Curtis Jerrells grabbed a key rebound then made a free throw with 6.9 seconds left, helping Baylor to advance to the semifinals of the NIT with a 74-72 win over Auburn Tuesday night.
Kevin Rogers added 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Bears (23-14) extend their postseason run after finishing ninth in the Big 12 Conference and going 59 years without a postseason win. LaceDarius Dunn scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds and is now six points shy of becoming the 23rd player in school with 1,000 career points.
The Tigers (24-12), who matched the second-best win total in program history, had two chances in the final seconds to at least tie it.
Trailing 73-72, Auburn forced a turnover on the inbound pass with 16 seconds left. DeWayne Reed attempted a leaner and was fouled, but missed both free throws and Jerrells rebounded the second.
Rasheem Barrett's 3-point try bounced off the left side of the rim at the buzzer.