Melvin Hunt played an incredible 52 minutes before fouling out
By Luke Blount
On December 17, 1988 the Baylor Bears wouldn't give up. It took four overtimes and 60 minutes of basketball, but the Bears were able defeat North Texas 96-95 for the second win in the newly built
"We were out of the game three different times," said Baylor head coach Gene Iba. "We did a lot of things poorly, but we had enough heart to win the game."
The Bears held a seven point advantage with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, but slowly allowed the Mean Green to fight their way back. Holding a 70-69 lead with 16 seconds remaining, the Bears fouled guard Deon Hunter, and he made both of his free throws to take a 71-70
Then, with time winding down, Baylor's Donnell Hayden made his way to the free throw line. He made the first, but failed on his next attempt after a
The Bears quickly fell behind in the extra period before Michael Hobbs nailed a game-tying 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining. It was the first 3-point field goal of the game for the Bears.
"Though we are a struggling team, we showed a lot of guts,"
In the second overtime, the Bears fell behind once again, but
In the third extra period, Baylor looked to hold onto a three point advantage, but this time,
Baylor once again took the lead in the final overtime, 94-92, but Deon Hunter drained his third 3-pointer to take a 95-94 lead with just over one minute left. Deon Hunter once again attempted a 3-pointer as time wound down, but Baylor's Joey Fatta came up with the rebound and handed the ball to Hayden who threw a perfect pass to a streaking
"You lose these kind, you're exhausted," said
Hayden finished with 25 points in a breakout performance while
"If we had one more overtime, I don't know who would have played," Hayden said.
Coming off their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 38 years and entering into the brand new