Baylor falls to Colorado 60-58
With one second remaining, senior forward Jacob Neubert threw the inbounds pass to freshman center Isaiah Austin at the Baylor free throw line.
The shot didn’t fall and Colorado won 60-58.
After junior guard Brady Heslip sunk nine treys on Colorado in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season, Baylor was three-for-16 from downtown, and Heslip only had seven points.
Junior forward Cory Jefferson led the Bears in points with 17, followed by senior Pierre Jackson with 12.
Colorado’s game plan for containing Jackson after his 31-point outing against Boston College was to put 6-foot-6-inch guard Spencer Dinwiddie on him, hoping his wingspan would limit Jackson.
And it did.
Jackson only had one assist and three turnovers.
For Colorado, sophomore guard Askia Booker had 19 points followed by Dinwiddie with 11.
Junior forward Andre Roberson finished with seven points and 13 boards.
As a team, Baylor shot 36.7 percent from the floor, and Colorado shot 45.5 percent.
Colorado struggled at the charity stripe, however, going four-for-18, but it was 40 percent from beyond the arc.
The Bears perimeter defense struggled, jumping at shot fakes and closing out poorly.
With under a minute to play, Baylor put Colorado at the foul line three different times, but failed to come up with the killer rebounds needed to get a bucket at the other end.
Baylor will play at 5 p.m. Sunday against either St. John’s or Murray State on ESPNU.