Duke ends Baylor run

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.