Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baylor Suffocates McDermott, Creighton; National Scoring Leader Manages Just 15 Points as the Bears Post an Overwhelming Victory; WEST REGION - NCAA TOURNAMENT

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baylor Suffocates McDermott, Creighton; National Scoring Leader Manages Just 15 Points as the Bears Post an Overwhelming Victory; WEST REGION - NCAA TOURNAMENT

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Isaiah Austin and Brady Heslip each scored 17 points as Baylor shut down Creighton's Doug McDermott with suffocating defense, ending the career of one of college basketball's most prolific scorers with an 85-55 win Sunday night in San Antonio.

Baylor's size and speed overwhelmed the third-seeded Bluejays (27- 8), earning the Bears a third trip to the Sweet 16 since 2010.

McDermott, who averaged 27 points this season, finished with 15 and had just three in the first half. McDermott ranks fifth on the NCAA career scoring list.

"We did a good job making it tough on him," Bears coach Scott Drew said.

No. 6 seed Baylor (26-11) plays No. 2 Wisconsin on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif. In the Bears' two previous trips to the Sweet 16, it fell one game short of the Final Four.

McDermott, who carried the Bluejays back to the Round of 32 for the third year in a row, had done it in spectacular style, leading the nation in scoring with an uncanny knack of slithering his way through defenders.

But Baylor's defense gave him nothing - neither space to shoot nor chances for his teammates to pass him the ball.

"This is the worst we've played all season, and it just stinks that it's the last one," McDermott said. "But that doesn't take away from all my memories here. It's tough to go out this way." Baylor came out blazing from long range, knocking down five 3-pointers in the first 7 minutes. Kenny Chery made three and when Heslip, who was 0 for six Friday in a victory over Nebraska, swished his first against Creighton, he mockingly shook the fingers on both hands as he loped back down the court.

McDermott, meanwhile, struggled to find any kind of space against Baylor's zone defense and badly misfired on his first attempt.

The Bears flexed their muscle early and often. The 7-foot-1 Austin teamed with 6-10 forward Cory Jefferson in the front-court. …

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