Duke ends Baylor run

Resurrected Bears fall short in regional final

The Associated Press
Duke's Lance Thomas (42), Kyle Singler (12), Nolan Smith and Jon Scheyer, right, celebrate as Duke defeats Baylor 78-71 in the NCAA South Regional championship game Sunday in Houston.

HOUSTON (AP) - Baylor's road of recovery ended one win shy of
the Final Four.

The Bears lost 78-71 to Duke in Sunday's South Regional final, a
disappointing finish to an amazing NCAA tournament run for a
program shattered by murder and scandal seven years ago.

Baylor (28-8) used feisty defense to stay close, and led 61-60
after Ekpe Udoh's floater in the lane with 3:53 left. Duke's Lance
Thomas grabbed an offensive rebound and passed to Nolan Smith for a
3-pointer after that, and the Blue Devils never trailed again.

Baylor couldn't quite crash the Final Four, but what a journey
it's been to get so close.

The program was in shambles after the summer of 2003, when a
player was killed by a teammate and former coach Dave Bliss was
caught in a web of lies and illegal payments.


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