Dec. 22, 2008
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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.
Henry Dugat scored 16 points, Tweety Carter and LaceDarius Dunn added 14 points each and Kevin Rogers had 11 for Baylor (10-1).
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.