March 31, 2009
BAYLOR 76 (24-14), SAN DIEGO STATE 62 (26-10)
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - NEW YORK, N.Y.
MARCH 31, 2009 - ATTENDANCE: 11,352
With tonight's win Baylor advances to the NIT championship game for the first time in school history.
Baylor's all-time record in the NIT is now 4-3 (four tournaments) / Baylor's all-time record in postseason is now 7-10 (3-7 NCAA, 4-3 NIT).
Baylor has now won seven of its last eight games, including six wins away from home.
Baylor's fourth postseason win of the season ties for the most in school history - along with 1947-48 squad that won 4 and lost in NCAA championship game to Kentucky.
Tonight's win was Baylor's 24th of the season, which matches the 1947-48 national runner-up squad (24-8) as the second-most wins in school history (1945-46 team school-record 25 wins, 25-5).
Baylor is now 12-4 over the last 2 seasons in tournament play (9-2 this season).
With tonight's win, Baylor now trails in the all-time series vs. San Diego State 3-1.
Baylor is now 102-101 all-time vs. current members of the Mountain West Conference.
Baylor's senior trio of Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat and Kevin Rogers, the winningest class in school history, have now won 64 career games.
Baylor has won four straight nationally televised games (and 5 of last 6). BU is 10-8 on national TV this season.
Tonight's win was Scott Drew's 101st as a head coach. His career record now stands at 101-105 (20-11 Valpo, 81-94 BU).
Scott Drew is now 4-2 all-time as a head coach in postseason games (4-1 NIT, 0-1 NCAA).
Scott Drew is now 2-0 as a head coach vs. Mountain West Conference teams.
Scott Drew is now 11-1 this season vs. first-time opponents.
Baylor is now 20-2 this season when leading or tied at the half (35-34 tonight).
Baylor shot 50% (11-22) on 3-pointers tonight, its highest percentage since shooting 55.6% Feb. 23, 2008 in a win over Kansas State.
Baylor shot 52% (26-50) from the field, its fourth straight game shooting 50% or higher (60.9% vs. Georgetown, 61.7% at Virginia Tech, 50.0% at Auburn), marking the second such four-game streak this season - the first since the first four games of the season.
Baylor has broken several team records in 2008-09, below are some prominent categories with updated figures:
o Points: 2,902 (76 tonight)
o 3-Pointers Made: 310 (11 tonight)
o Free Throws Made: 592 (13 tonight)
The Bears are among the Top 5 in the following team statistical categories:
o Blocks: remain 2nd with 143 (1 tonight)
o Rebounds: remain 2nd with 1,303 (28 tonight)
o Steals: now 2nd with 275 (9 tonight)
o Assists: now tied for 473 (15 tonight)
Baylor teams have made at least one 3-point field goal in 550 straight games.
With 23 points tonight LaceDarius Dunn became the 23rd player in Baylor history to amass 1,000 career points (1,019, joining teammates Curtis Jerrells (1,806), Kevin Rogers (1,359) and Henry Dugat (1,227) as well as former teammate Aaron Bruce (1,330) and current manager David Wesley (1,224).
With his sixth 3-pointer of the game, LaceDarius Dunn broke the school single-season 3-pointers mark (old mark 104, Dunn now at 105 (finished with 6 tonight).
Curtis Jerrells finished with 25 points, extending a 12-game double-digit scoring streak.
THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS MOVED UP TODAY ON BAYLOR'S CAREER STAT LISTS:
Curtis Jerrells - o with 6 FREE THROWS tonight has 399 career, moves into 3rd all-time (passes Darryl Middleton 395).
THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS MOVED UP TODAY ON BAYLOR'S SINGLE-SEASON STAT LISTS:
Kevin Rogers -
o With 7 REBOUNDS tonight has 288 on the season, moves to 8th on single-season list.
Curtis Jerrells -
o With 25 POINTS tonight has 621 on the season, moves to 5th on the single-season list.
o With 3 3-POINTERS made tonight has 74 on the season, moves to a tie for 8th on the single-season list.
o With 7 ASSISTS tonight has 186 on the season, moves to 3rd on the single-season list.
o With 3 STEALS tonight has 59 on the season, moves to a tie for 8th on the single-season list.
o With 5 FREE THROWS made tonight has 162 on the season, moves to a tie for 3rd on the single-season list.
Henry Dugat -
o With 1 STEAL tonight has 59 on the season, moves to a tie for 8th on the single-season list.
LaceDarius Dunn -
o With 23 POINTS tonight has 596 on the season, moves to 8th on the single-season list.
o With 6 3-POINTERS made tonight has 105 on the season, moves to 1st on the single-season list.
Tweety Carter -
o With 2 3-POINTERS made tonight has 79 on the season, moves to 6th on the single-season list