Baylor MBB Falls to Clemson in NCAA Second Round

Baylor vs. Clemson

March Madness has been both thrilling and devastating for Baylor athletes and fans for the third-consecutive season as the Men’s Basketball team saw their season end in the NCAA Tournament second round. Just as with the past two seasons, the Bears impressively outpaced their opponents in the first round before falling to challengers in the round of 32. A few days ago, the third-seeded Men’s squad hit 16 of 30 attempts from the 3-point line, which tied their school record for most 3s in an NCAA Tournament challenge, and scored their most points in a tourney game with 92. However, Baylor (24-11) wasn’t so lucky in their face-off with No. 6 Clemson (23-11) at FedEx Forum in Memphis as the former fell 72-64 despite a thrilling comeback attempt late in the second half. The Tigers’ dominant 3-point shooting in the first half and Baylor’s lack of falling shots prevented the Bears from succeeding in their comeback. The Bears finished shooting 38.9% (21-54) of field goals, 25% (6-24) of 3s, and 61.5% (16-26) of free throws, while Clemson had 48.9% (23-47) of field goals, 35.3% (6-17) of 3s, and 83.3% (20-24) of free throws. Baylor was led by senior G RayJ Dennis who shot 42.9% (9-21) of field goals, 20% (2-10) of 3s, and 87.5% (7-8) of free throws with 27 points, 2 assists, and 3 steals. Although the narrative around freshman G Ja’Kobe Walter’s performance will primarily focus on his two missed free throws to tie the game at the end of regulation, the freshman phenom had 20 points on 46.2% (6-13) of field goals, 33.4% (3-9) of 3s, and 45.4% (5-11) of free throws. Senior F Jalen Bridges was the third and final Bear who notched double digit points with 10 on 75% (3-4) of field goals, 50% (1-2) of 3s, and 75% (3-4) of free throws. The Bears should be proud of their accomplishments this season with a brand new starter rotation of 2 transfers and 2 freshmen!

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