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