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No. 6 Baylor Bears shock No. 3 Creighton Bluejays to advance to Sweet 16, 85-55

Isaiah Austin celebrate during Baylor's victory over the Creighton Bluejays.
Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The No. 6 seeded Baylor Bears trounced the No. 3 seeded Creighton Bluejays in the Round of 32 Sunday, 85-55.

The game was tied 7-7 after three and a half minutes, but the Bears went on a 19-4 run and never looked back.

Leading up to the game, the storylines were focused on how Doug McDermott and the Bluejays 3-point shooting would likely give the Baylor zone trouble. Baylor, which began conference play 2-8 in the Big 12, relied heavily on its improved zone. When asked about the how well the zone was working Baylor's coach Scott Drew replied that the Bears had "good Doug awareness."

Baylor's length in the frontcourt and overall athleticism allowed the Bears to hold the Bluejays to 40 percent shooting. Creighton only hit five out of 24 shots from behind the arc and was out rebounded 32-22.

The Bears also shot the ball extremely well, finishing the game making 63.8 percent of their shots from the field. Kenny Chery, Brady Heslip and Royce O'Neale combined for 11-14 from long range (the team was 11-18).

All five of Baylor's starters finished in double figures. The Bears’ center, Isaiah Austin, led all scorers with 17 points, and he added four boards and two blocked shots. Heslip also finished with 17 points, and Cory Jefferson and Chery each added 14.

The Bears held McDermott, who is fifth on the NCAA all-time scoring list and a candidate for the National Player of the Year, to 15 points on 7-14 shooting. At halftime, McDermott was 1-4 from the field.

The win advanced Baylor to its third Sweet 16 in five years, and the Bears have now won 12 of their last 14 games. The Bears will face the No. 2 seed Wisconsin on Thursday at 7:47 p.m. (ET). The game will be played in Anaheim, California.

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