Dec. 22, 2008
WACO, Texas (AP)--Curtis Jerrells had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and No. 21 Baylor survived its second scare in as many games, beating Hartford 74-59 on Monday night.
Jerrells' triple-double was the first for a Baylor player since Brian Skinner of the Los Angeles Clippers had one on Nov. 29, 1997.
Jaret von Rosenberg's 19 points led Hartford (4-8), while Genesis Maciel had 13 points.
Baylor went on a 13-3 run that included 3-pointers by Carter, Dunn and Jerrells to take a 23-13 lead with 7:55 remaining in the first half.
Another 3 by Dugat and two free throws by Jerrells put Baylor ahead 28-15 with 4:38 to play in the first half. A 3-pointer and a layup by Drake U'u sparked a Hartford rally that cut the Baylor lead to 31-26 with less than a minute to play. Jerrells then hit one of two from the line with 6.6 seconds left to give Baylor a 32-26 halftime lead.
Baylor opened the second half on a 7-0 run before two layups by Morgan Sabia keyed a Hartford run that cut the deficit to 39-32 with 16:37 left.
Hartford pulled within three points twice in the second half but couldn't get any closer. Von Rosenberg could have pulled the Hawks within two but missed a free throw with 9:15 to play.
Baylor got the lead back to double digits as consecutive layups from Jerrells put the Bears up 63-53 with 4:40 left. But Hartford cut that lead in half on one possession. Michael Turner hit a 3-pointer from the corner and Carter was called for a foul on von Rosenberg, who made both free throws.
Dugat hit a jumper in the lane with 8:17 to play to give Baylor a 56-51 lead.