Gonzaga vs Baylor

Gonzaga shocks No. 9 Baylor in rousing game

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DALLAS -- Remember those giant killers from Gonzaga? They finally have another big victory after several missed chances already this season.

The Bulldogs, who earned a reputation for themselves with big upsets in NCAA tournaments past, got a go-ahead three-pointer from Kelly Olynyk with 1:46 remaining Saturday and handed ninth-ranked Baylor its first loss of the season, 68-64.

"When I saw that I was like 'Woo-hoo!' That was a great feeling. It took the weight off our shoulders and you knew the game was ours," said Robert Sacre, who led the Bulldogs with 17 points. "We've been here so many times, we just haven't been able to pull it out. We knew what we needed to do was keep grinding and keep sawing wood to get the win."

The big shot by Olynyk came right after Baylor (7-1), with its highest ranking ever, scored four points on one possession.

Gonzaga (6-5) made 7 of 9 free throws after that to seal the long-awaited victory. Four of the Bulldogs' losses this season came against Top 25 teams: San Diego State, Kansas State, Illinois and Notre Dame.

"Through this murderers' row we've been through, it's been hard to get any momentum," coach Mark Few said. "Teams have made a lot shots against us. We defended well and we rebounded good because that's a good rebounding club."

Baylor, playing away from home for the first time this season, was among the national leaders in rebounding margin (plus-12.5 per game) and scoring margin (plus-21.7 per game). Gonzaga matched the Bears with 33 rebounds.

With Gonzaga's leading scorer Steven Gray of Bainbridge out of the game because of back spasms after a hard fall in the first half, Olynyk made his only three-pointer of the game. It was the last of 12 lead changes after halftime.

"I don't think we could find our way from the hotel to the bus without Steven Gray," Few said.

But the Bulldogs did all right against Baylor.

Olynyk came through after Baylor had taken a 59-58 lead with two minutes left. Perry Jones hit a jumper from near the free throw line. While the ball was in the air, a foul was called under the basket and Quincy Acy made two free throws.

"That was a big-time play by Kelly," Few said. "For us to survive all that, to survive a run like that, with the crowd into it and Kelly steps up and hits a big three-pointer."

Jones then came up short on a jumper, and Baylor had two quick fouls. Demetri Goodson made two free throws after being fouled by LaceDarius Dunn in the backcourt for a 63-59 lead -- matching the biggest point differential after halftime.

After Goodson lost the ball out of bounds on the sideline in a crowd of Bears and then fouled Dunn, Baylor's senior made only one of the two free throws. Marquise Carter made two free throws with 47 seconds left to make it 65-60, then Goodson had a steal on a turnover by Dunn.

"I think they wanted it more, they came out with more intensity than us at the first of the game," Dunn said. "They came out with a chip on their shoulder, and they came out and worked harder."

Jones, a freshman, had 19 points for Baylor after two fouls early. Dunn finished with 17 to end his streak of seven consecutive 20-point games.

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs react after teammate Kelly Olynyk drains a go-ahead three-pointer late in the second half.  (AP)
The Gonzaga Bulldogs react after teammate Kelly Olynyk drains a go-ahead three-pointer late in the second half. (AP)
Gonzaga (6-5) «293968
Baylor #9 (7-1)273764
GONZAG:R. Sacre 17 Pts
GONZAG:R. Sacre 6 Reb
GONZAG:R. Sacre 3 Ast
BAY:P. Jones 19 Pts
BAY:P. Jones 8 Reb
BAY:A. Jones 2 Ast

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Robert Sacre
Perry Jones
Gonzaga Bulldogs
D. Goodson, G311-34-42226
R. Sacre, C266-105-663417
M. Monninghoff, F231-40-03103
E. Harris, F184-100-05158
S. Gray, G151-30-21202
M. Carter, G262-57-820413
K. Olynyk, F213-50-05247
S. Dower, C203-94-410310
M. Arop, F131-30-01022
D. Stockton, G50-10-00010
M. Hart, G20-00-00000
K. Hyland, GDid Not Play
M. Keita, GDid Not Play
Totals 22-5320-2426112568
Baylor Bears
L. Dunn, G364-137-851417
A. Walton, G353-73-34059
Q. Acy, F332-67-830411
A. Jones, F320-42-27212
P. Jones, F-C328-153-680419
J. Morgan, F-C161-21-22133
F. Ellis, F130-13-42133
N. Dennis, G30-10-00000
C. Jefferson, FDid Not Play
D. Sekelja, CDid Not Play
B. Heslip, GDid Not Play
S. Love, GDid Not Play
L. Norwood, GDid Not Play
J. Neubert, FDid Not Play
Totals 18-4926-333152464
West Coast
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
St. Marys16-229-517
San Fran.10-820-1394
Santa Clara10-817-16125
San Diego6-1213-18204

Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
W. Virginia12-628-924
Iowa St.12-624-1121
Oklahoma St.9-920-1340
Kansas St.8-1021-1457
Texas Tech6-1218-14123
Other games
LOYM 75 Final
USC 68 Final
Kansas 70
Illinois 54 Final
UIC 57
SC 57 Final
Ohio St 79
Arkansas 62 Final
Tx A&M 71
Grd-Web 49 Final
Louisville 78
K-State 44 Final
Florida 57
Indiana St 52 Final
Purdue 65
Texas 78 Final
NC 76
BYU 79 Final
PV A&M 51 Final
Mich St 90
Md-E Shr 64 Final
IONA 77 Final
Syracuse 83
Delaware 59 Final
MS Val St 60 Final
Kentucky 85
CAR 63 Final
Missouri 116
So Utah 50 Final
UCSB 64 Final